With Christmas approaching, Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN) is encouraging residents to donate unwanted household goods to its community shop, to be recycled and sold on at a substantially reduced cost.

The shop sells a treasure trove of wonders, including hoovers, three-piece suites, TVs and a range of children’s toys such as electric cars and go karts. Donations are cleaned, small repairs made, and electrical goods are PAT tested, before being sold on at an affordable cost, making the goods accessible to residents who may find it difficult to purchase the same item full price. Items are fully guaranteed and can be purchased by visiting the Groundwork shop. Stock can also be viewed through the Groundwork shop Facebook page.

The Groundwork shop is based at the Middlefields Recycling Village in South Shields and the income generated is reinvested into the local community to improve green spaces, create better neighbourhoods and to build skills and job prospects.

The shop was originally set up in 2006 due to a shared desire between Groundwork STAN and South Tyneside Council to reduce the amount of domestic waste going to landfill and in turn help to protect the environment. Headquartered in South Tyneside, Groundwork STAN is a charity which ‘changes places and changes lives’ from the heart of the local community.  It works closely with residents of South Tyneside and Newcastle, and regional and national partners, to drive impactful and sustainable change.

Chris Wild, Operations Manager, Property, Assets and Commercial Services at Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, said “Christmas is just around the corner and can put extra financial pressure on families. We are hoping that our shop initiative can help alleviate some of this pressure by providing an affordable option to consider as items are sold at a fraction of the original price.

“We have received fantastic feedback from the community as this initiative really makes a difference by preventing perfectly good items being thrown away, saving money and helping to protect our environment. I would therefore encourage more South Tyneside residents to help us re-use and recycle their unwanted and preloved items – we also offer an affordable delivery and collection service.”

Councillor Nancy Maxwell, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “The community shop is a unique way for residents to support social and green projects in South Tyneside while helping to do their bit for the environment by recycling some of their unwanted items.

“It’s a great place for people to get a quality item at a low price, particularly at what can be an expensive time of year for many families.

“The pre-Christmas period is also a time when many people like to have a clear out. We would encourage anyone looking to get rid of any household items, furniture, toys or other goods that are in a good condition to consider making a donation to the shop so that other families can benefit.”

Items can be purchased by visiting the Groundwork shop. Stock can also be viewed through the Groundwork shop Facebook page.

For more information on Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, please visit www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/stan