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Shelter opens furniture shop with walk-in advice service at Middleton Grange

Housing charity Shelter is opening a brand new store in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool on Friday June 9th. The shop will also double up as a base for the local community to access advice on housing issues, via the free telephone helpline and website.

From vintage mirrors to shabby-chic desks, the shop will sell a range of pre-loved furniture as well as clothing, books and bric-a-brac – ideal for picking up a bargain. Shelter is calling on the people of Hartlepool to come in for a browse or donate furniture they no longer use to a better home to help stock the shop.

The charity is also asking people with spare time to consider volunteering at one of the shops – an invaluable opportunity for local people to learn new skills and meet people in the local community. A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in retail skills, team leadership and customer service is available to all volunteers and only takes a few months to complete.

Sales from the must-visit shop will help fight homelessness and bad housing across Hartlepool. In the last year alone, two families in the north east became homeless every day, so our services are needed now more than ever.

Allison Wicks-Jones, Shelter Hartlepool Store Manager said, “We’re calling on the residents of Hartlepool to help support our new furniture shop at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, so we can be there for everyone fighting bad housing or homelessness. We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of this community, working with and for the people who live here. By donating a little of your spare time, a pre-loved piece of furniture, or even just by heading down to shop, you can make a big difference.”

The store will also be part of the charity’s Homestarter scheme – a service providing furniture to help struggling families settle into a new home, often after a period of homelessness.

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre Manager, Mark Rycraft said, “The work Shelter does with the homeless or those struggling with bad housing is inspiring, helping millions of people every year. We’re delighted to have such a valuable organisation right here in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and we know it will have the full support of all our customers.”

To donate stock or find out more about volunteering pop into the shop at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool, TS24 7RZ call 01429 or email [email protected] A free stock collection service is also available – call the shop to find out more. The shop will be open 9am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday.
The store will be opening at 10am on Friday June 9th.