With the Summer break behind us it’s time to push ahead with the planning of the MPlus charity shop! Not much to do then….
Firstly we payed a visit to our new shop premises at 146 Walcot St – this is provisionally booked for the full week of the October Half Term. Opening dates will be Sat 22nd – Sat 29th, and more opening specifics will be released closer to the time.
Once back at the Y Reps depot we got to work with establishing a list of what needed doing. Please see below:
Till – cash or card? Staff Uniform
Graphic design / Log
Purpose of upstairs? Raffle / Prizes
Promotion – during events Displays
Clean the shop Budget / Spreadsheet
Signs Contact Mentors for help
A – board + chalk Write a list of what we need
Opening – Mayor
What to sell – what not?
Products / stock finding
List of duties / Rota
Donation Boxes Art Work – Local Schools
We will be doing a mass advertisement for stock within the next fortnight, but in the interim please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org – were not stocking any electrical items, but will gladly accept any kind dotations of good clothing, and unwanted bric a brac.
The aims of the shop can be defined into three key points:
1) Personal emotional / social development of young people.
2) Improving the employability skills of young people.
3) Raising the profile of MPlus.
The long term aim will be to open on a more permanent basis, and use the shop to provide a safe, happy working environment for vulnerable young people. This also has scope for being an extra revenue stream for the organisation.
By week two we had moved onto the task of creating a budget, and making an early rota. The young people have so far shown great enthusiasm, and been able to transfer a plethora of amazing skills to good use!