Reach Out To The Community
Welcome to Reach Out to the Community’s item donation shop! Here you can browse and purchase the items that Reach Out need this month. Give Today then make sure your donation is delivered directly to their door.
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Stephanie Moore and Becky Elliott were running Elliott’s in Chorlton Precinct, when they decided they wanted to try and help address the growing problem of homelessness in Manchester. They saw so many people on the streets in Chorlton. It started with donating stock to a homelessness project which operated food runs, feeding people on the streets of the city centre. The shop soon became a collection point for donations, as more and more Chorlton people heard what they were doing. Fruit and veg donations soon became cash, clothing and other items to help people who found themselves on the streets. Reach Out To The Community was established to offer help to anyone struggling to find food or shelter in the local area.
The items listed here are those currently needed by Reach Out to the Community. When you purchase a donation through this store, your exact purchased item is sent directly to Reach Out. They can then distribute or use the donated items as required, making a real, tangible difference to someone’s life. It also means that they don’t have to spend money donations on items, and can instead use it for those things only money can buy.
There is no minimum order size, and all items include free delivery.
Reach Out don’t pay for their donation shop, and Give Today use just £0.50 of the item prices below to cover transaction costs and price fluctuations from suppliers. Give Today don’t profit from the sale of any items on the website.
Reach Out To The Community at work:
The Reach Out to the Community shop – at 488 Wilbraham Road in Chorlton – is a hive of activity. At the front you’ll find the bargain-filled charity shop, where they sell good-quality donations of all sorts – clothing, household goods, games, books, toys, DVDs – anything that someone else would like to buy. Every penny taken is used to support the charity and its work. Meanwhile, at the back of the shop, it is just as busy. On any given day they’ll be:
Sorting second-hand donations: some will be sold in the shop, but others will be sold on eBay, where they can get higher prices for better quality items. Many second-hand donations received are given directly to people in need.
Making up food parcels: Reach Out also run a food bank, which gives non-perishable food, toiletries and other items to individuals and families referred by other organisations.
Responding to client needs: if someone is in need, Reach Out will give food, a hot drink or warm dry, clothing. They also make appointments, help sort out personal admin (such as registering with a doctor), give advice, make referrals to other agencies, help with benefits or housing applications, or cover travel costs. If someone doesn’t read or write, they’ll read paperwork for them or help with forms; if someone doesn’t have access to a computer (and who on the street does??), they can use one here – on their own, or working together. Did you know that if you need to apply for the basic benefits, like Universal Credit, you can only do it online?
Planning: There’s always a cunning plan to be hatched, whether forging a new strategic partnership, an idea for a fundraiser, some much-needed PR, a local campaign or simply what to do next. The size of the task is so enormous, there’s always something being done to take things to the next level.
Listening: life can be lonely if you find yourself on the fringes of society. Sometimes people only want your time – a smile, a chat a bit of companionship. There are all of those things in the Reach Out shop – and they’re free.