A new charity shop, raising money to support people back into work, was officially opened by the Mayor of Seaham today.
Councillor Bruce Burn Jnr, the Mayor of Seaham, took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the launch of the new shop in the Byron Place shopping centre.
Shaw Trust is a national employment, disability, learning and skills charity that helps people to realise their ambitions and gain greater independence.
The charity already runs a horticultural social enterprise in Parkside, Seaham, which works with people with learning disabilities in the County Durham area.
The project offers people the chance to gain professional qualifications, employability skills and self-confidence to help them on their journey into work.
The new charity shop sells a range of clothing, household items and furniture, with proceeds going back into Shaw Trust's charitable work. It offers a great chance to find a brilliant bargain in Seaham.
All the items have been donated for sale, and the shop is keen to receive more donations from the local community.
All Shaw Trust charity shops are staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers and staff. The new Seaham shop will also offer training and job opportunities to help boost the job prospects of people experiencing unemployment in the local area.
Mayor of Seaham, Councillor Bruce Burns Jnr, said:
"I am delighted to open Shaw Trust's new charity shop. It is great that the proceeds from the shop will go back into supporting local communities. Shaw Trust's horticultural social enterprise in Seaham does important work helping local people with learning disabilities and the new shop will help to support the project."
John Canessa, Shaw Trust's Retail Director, said:
"We are looking forward to offering some of the best bargains in Seaham at our new store. Our charity shops raise funds to help change lives and help people into employment. We are grateful to the local community for their continued support for our horticultural social enterprise. Both our new shop and social enterprise are focused on increasing job opportunities across the town."