Last night was the final in the series of Paul O’Grady: The Sally Army and Me. During the six episodes, we’ve been on a journey with the much-loved celebrity as he spent time with The Salvation Army, learning about who they are, what they do, and importantly, how they help others.
Eager shoppers queued outside the door of a new charity shop ahead of its opening in Widnes. Locals waited in anticipation while the Salvation Army Trading Company shop’s team of staff and volunteers held an official opening ceremony, before bargain hunters were welcomed through the doors at 10.30am on Tuesday 26 April in the Albert Square Shopping Centre (WA8 6JW).
It was a real privilege to be invited as a guest speaker to the Chartered Institute of Waste Management Wales, whose AGM was held at the Glyndwr University in Wrexham last week. The theme of the event was “moving to a circular economy” and delegates came from a wide range of backgrounds and industries including the Welsh Government, local authorities, sustainability and the environment, waste management, charities and other private organisations – all with an interest in reducing waste and increasing reuse.
A West Midlands man has been awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Salvation Army Trading Company, which runs a family of charity shops across the UK. James Felkins volunteers at the Halesowen charity shop on Hagley Street and has won the coveted award, not only for the charity’s Midlands region, but he beat tough competition from hundreds of other volunteers to win the charity’s overall UK title.
The Salvation Army charity shop in Thirsk is celebrating the Tour de Yorkshire with a special window display in preparation for when the famous international cycle race passes through the small North Yorkshire market town on Sunday. Shop team member, Kirsty Grimston, transformed the shop’s window, displaying clothes and accessories using a theme of blue and yellow, and of course, installing a bicycle right in the centre.
A former traditional cabinet maker is using the skills he honed during his working life to repay the support of The Salvation Army. Gordon Wallace, from Glasgow, is a volunteer at the church and charity’s Dumbarton Road shop where he rescues and repairs pieces of furniture that would otherwise end up in landfill.
A new initiative set up between Lloyds Banking Group and Salvation Army Trading Company is set to save old, worn and outdated careerwear from landfill across the UK. The Group is working with The Salvation Army to provide staff with a service that will see old careerwear recycled from more than 2,000 branches and offices, including those of Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Halifax.
Last week The Salvation Army opened the latest in its family of charity shops in the seaside Essex town of Canvey Island. Local shoppers warmly welcomed the new arrival as the shop celebrated its grand opening at 45 Furtherwick Road on Thursday 31 March.
Saturday 9 April: learn how to give clothes a new lease of life
The Salvation Army’s flagship Glasgow charity shop on Dumbarton Road will host two free design workshops with celebrated designers, Black Cherry Studio. Maxine and Jemma, the talented Scottish duo behind the design label, will be hosting two two-hour workshops on Saturday 9 April. Members of the public will learn how to give clothes a new lease of life by applying simple print design techniques.
Fashion-savvy shoppers welcomed the opening of the North West’s first Salvation Army boutique charity shop with huge enthusiasm this week. Officially opened at 10.30am on Tuesday 15th March by The Salvation Army’s Major Alan Watters, fashionistas of Wilmslow were lining up to get their hands on some amazing designer item offers as the doors to the new boutique shop opened on Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire.
Former Miss Scotland and Miss United Kingdom (2010) Nicola Mimnagh, modelled specially-created Zero Waste fashion collections in Glasgow on 15 March, in the window of the Salvation Army Trading Company’s flagship store in Dumbarton Road. Two Scottish designers have transformed unwanted clothing donated to the charity into striking high-fashion collections challenging perceptions of textile waste.
Julia Carruthers, manager of the Salvation Army’s boutique charity shop in Bruntsfield Place, has curated a collection of preloved fashion items for a catwalk show taking place in the iconic Edinburgh City Chambers. The collection will be shown on the final evening of Edinburgh Fashion Week (Saturday 12 March) as part of a celebration of charity shop fashion.