Due to the overwhelming success of their current Gorse Hill Charity shop, Uplands Educational Trust have opened a second site today (12 May) just across the road, catering for children and babies.
The new shop, which was formerly Jensons Menswear, will be selling baby and children’s clothes, baby equipment and toys whilst the established store will continue to sell ladies and men’s clothing, accessories, jewellery, books and homeware.
Uplands Educational Trust is a Charity that provides learning, working and living opportunities to young adults with special needs in Swindon and the surrounding area.
The Trust opened its first charity shop in 2012 to provide a safe and secure environment to train young people with special needs leading to paid or voluntary work placements. Zach, one of the young people who works in the charity shops and has been helping with setting up the new shop, cut the ribbon to formally open the new store on Friday 12 May.
Retail Manager, Lisa Harding said “We are thrilled to be opening a second shop in Gorse Hill. We have been overwhelmed with the response we have had to our Charity from the Gorse Hill Community. We have lots of regular customers who call in for a chat, a browse and have really got behind the work of the Trust.
“Since closing our town centre store we have been on the look out for an additional outlet for our students to learn within the retail sector, so when this new store space came up directly across the road we felt that extending our offering was ideal.
“We are so well supported by donations and the community that Gorse Hill has been somewhat of a goldmine for us. We can’t begin to thank our contributors and customers enough for their support.”