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Gloucester’s YMCA charity shop is launching the largest children’s section in Gloucestershire to help with the cost-of-living crisis.

The Northgate Street shop will be revealing the new area next week. It will have high-quality low-cost children’s items of all ages from winter coats, hats and ski wear along with essential items, toys and books.

New manager Sally Druce has decided to open the new section both in response to customer requests and due to the amount of children’s stock they have.

Sally said, ‘So many people have been in the shop and said they are concerned about the price of everything going up. Children’s clothing and toys can be so expensive, but we get so many items which are hardly used. We can make a difference to the cost of everything for people’s children and perhaps even presents for Christmas.’

Along with children’s items, customers have been requesting other things in response to the cost-of-living crisis, including mechanical equipment instead of plug-in items.

Sally and her staff of volunteers will be putting together a colourful window display to entice customers into their shop and their new children’s section.

YMCA is the largest and the oldest youth charity in the world. YMCA England & Wales we 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 and an Assistant Manager. The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday. Please bring donations to the shop on Northgate Street and enquire re. voluntary roles. The Assistant Manager role is advertised on Indeed. You can apply here.

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