Brandon Trust launches on the high street
Tuesday 11 August 2015

Brandon Trust Charity Shop, Cotham HillBristol charity Brandon Trust is taking the next step in its bid to help more people with learning disabilities and autism by opening its first shop in the city.

The Brandon shop at 2 Cotham Hill will open its doors to customers on Thursday, 20 August at 10am with the promise of offering shoppers a different experience from other charity outlets in the area.

As well as nearly-new donated goods, it will sell items produced by people with learning disabilities in many of the local classes, workshops and social enterprises run by Brandon Trust.

Shop manager Lou Minchin explained: "Cotham Hill is buzzing with charity shops, but I believe ours is going to be that extra bit special, from it’s very current and welcoming design, to the wide range of unique items we’ll be selling alongside donated stock, including handmade ceramics and woodwork from Brandon’s various social enterprises, plus organically grown plants, flowers and other produce from our very own Elm Tree Farm Project in Stapleton."

Brandon Trust Charity Shop InteriorThe potential benefits for Brandon include generating new income to help boost services and providing opportunities for people we support to gain valuable workplace training and increase community connections.

Lou said the shop is keen for any donated goods, such as good quality clothing, shoes, jewellery, children’s wear, toys, books, CDs, DVDs, computer games, ornaments, kitchen items and homeware.

Meanwhile, customer service assistant, cashier, window dresser, housekeeper, stock room assistant and stock handler, are roles which the shop can offer to potential volunteers, with the offer of full and ongoing training.

Lou added: "I would love to feel that we’re doing our bit to share awareness of the work that Brandon carries out around Bristol with people who previously had little or no knowledge of the charity. We need people in the local area to shop, volunteer and donate with us."

The future plan for Brandon, which supports 685 people with learning disabilities in the region, including running a Bristol summer camp for young people each year, is to open two similar shops in different parts of the city in the coming months.

Brandon Trust Chief Executive Lucy Hurst-Brown said: "We’re really excited about opening our first shop. We know it’s going to provide a great shopping experience while also showcasing some of the groundbreaking work that Brandon does. We hope shopping there will inspire people to support Brandon in a variety of ways, so enabling more people with learning disabilities to secure increasing freedom in their lives."

For more information on how to get involved, contact Lou on 07718 972 438 or email louise.minchin@brandontrust.org.