Gloucester’s YMCA charity shop is proud to launch their newly refitted and vibrant children’s section, the largest charity shop children’s section in Gloucestershire, to help the City with the cost-of-living crisis.

The new area, which has taken the small team of volunteers several weeks to organise and prepare, boasts high-quality, low-cost children’s items of all ages from winter coats, hats and gloves along with essential items, toys and books.

New manager Sally Druce, wanted to showcase this new section both in response to customer requests and due to the amount of children’s stock they had in store.

Sally said, ‘We have spoken to many mum’s who are concerned over the cost of living increase. We spoke with them and many other customers in the shop to share our plans for the new Children’s area and we have received so many wonderful comments, as well as a fair few bags of donations as a result, which we are over the moon with.”

“Children’s clothing and toys can be so expensive, but we get so many items which are hardly used. We are proud that we can make a difference to the pockets of families in the City and beyond.”

“Our next project will be a new and exciting library, showcasing all the wonderful books we have received. Debenhams donated a number of shelves to the YMCA, so we are looking forward to starting on this next phase of the shop’s revamp.”

YMCA is the largest and the oldest youth charity in the world. YMCA England & Wales believe in young people & help them play a fulfilling role within society.

The YMCA is still keen for donations to come into the shop. New volunteers are also needed, especially those with organisational skills and till experience. Their new Assistant Manager, Suzy, started earlier this month and has big plans for a new Vintage area for the shop. So, watch this space!

The shop is now open 7 days a week. Please bring donations to the shop on Northgate Street and enquire re. voluntary roles.

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