Storeroom

Storeroom2010 is an inspirational social enterprise situated on the Isle of Wight that enables deprived families to affordably furnish their homes, strengthen their quality of life and preserve their dignity.

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The Isle of Wight is a region with several areas that suffer from disproportionately high unemployment and child poverty compared to other areas in the UK. To help combat this, Nick & Wendy Miller established Storeroom in 2010 as a charity with two key business units: Storeroom Furniture and Storeroom Education. Storeroom Furniture collects donated furniture and sells it a reduced cost to low-income and marginalised people across the island. Storeroom Education helps disadvantaged people by providing them with skills gap training, such as carpentry and joinery.

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SASC has supported Storeroom2010 to purchase its current warehouse where it stores and sells furniture, and to develop key corporate partnerships. The building is adjacent to their Storeroom Education premises. With a paucity of appropriate buildings on the island out of which Storeroom could deliver its furniture business, SASC has helped Storeroom to buy their building and work towards securing their future.

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SASC’s investment, alongside a grant from our partners at Power to Change, will enable Storeroom to continue to tackle poverty on the island, preserve the environment by reducing landfill, and decrease the levels of unemployment through effective training.  In 2015 Storeroom assisted with the re-use of 153,239kgs of furniture, that’s equivalent to 23,944 average dining chairs!  Nearly 1,900 households donated their reusable, but unwanted, furniture and other household goods, enabling more than 5,200 households to benefit from affordable items which helped to make their living space into a home, improve their quality of life and keep their dignity.  During 2015 Storeroom Education saw 237 learners for free accredited NOCN courses in Carpentry & Joinery in Construction, Health & Safety in a Construction Environment and Emergency First Aid At Work (Health & Safety Executive approval).  Following the acquisition of the building Storeroom intend to increase the benefits to the local community by installing a disabled access lift, providing furniture refurbishment courses as well as apprentice and volunteer opportunities.