Storeroom 2010 is an inspirational social enterprise situated on the Isle of Wight working to improve the local community.
Storeroom 2010 enables deprived families to furnish their homes in a more affordable way. This improves their quality of life and preserves their dignity.
Several areas of the Isle of Wight suffer from disproportionately high unemployment and child poverty compared to other areas in the UK. To help combat this, Nick and Wendy Miller established Storeroom in 2010 as a charity with two key business units: Storeroom Furniture and Storeroom Education. One collects donated furniture and sells at reduced cost to low-income and marginalised individuals across the island. The other helps disadvantaged people by providing them with training in areas such as carpentry and joinery.
SASC provided Storeroom2010 with a £360,000 loan alongside a grant of £80,000 from Power to Change. This funding package allowed Storeroom to buy the warehouse where it stores and sells furniture. The building is next to the Storeroom Education premises. The Isle of Wight does not have many buildings suitable for Storeroom 2010’s furniture business. Being able to buy the warehouse it already uses will help Storeroom work towards securing its long term future.
Having bought the building, Storeroom2010 intends to increase the benefits to the local community by installing a lift for disabled access and providing furniture refurbishment courses, as well as apprentice and volunteer opportunities. Last year Storeroom 2010 assisted with the re-use of over 150 tonnes of furniture which would otherwise have gone to landfill. The charity also enabled more than 5,000 households to benefit from affordable items to improve their quality of life. Storeroom Education supported 237 learners to gain qualifications in carpentry, joinery and health and safety in construction.