On May 31st 2014, SNAP Cymru threw open the doors of our first boutique charity shop.

Based in Llandrindod Wells, the shop seeks to raise money for SNAP to further support those young people, families and parents who are most in need of it.

And this could only be the beginning. SNAP Cymru will hopefully be opening more shops all across Wales, each helping to raise profits for the charity, and improve the support we are able to provide.

Collectively, charity shops make £300m, so the new shop promises to be a great assistance to SNAP’s funding. Recent reports also suggest that having high street shops increase the likelihood of the public donating to the charity, with “a fifth of people said going a charity shop led them to support the organisation in other ways, such a donating money, finding out more about the charity’s word, or signing petitions.”

Also, think-tank Demos has said that charity shops also benefit the wider community, as well as those the charity immediately affects. Volunteer positions have been used as routes into getting the unemployed back into paid work, and the shops themselves used as “a form of community centre for older and vulnerable people to simply “drop in” for a chat.”

With all these benefits and more, it is no wonder that SNAP are eagerly anticipating the debut of this latest venture. But of course, the shop would be nothing without help. We are on the look-out for good quality items to add to our stock, including second-hand clothes (particularly ladies vintage), fashion accessories (jewellery, hats, furs etc.), ornaments, CDs and DVDs, second-hand furniture, or anything else you think may be of use to us.

We are also on the hunt for enthusiastic volunteers to help staff our shop and make it a lively, friendly environment for customers. Whatever time you can donate would be very much appreciated. For more information on either volunteering or donating, please see the contact information below.

Since 1986, SNAP Cymru has worked with families and professionals in schools, education, health and social care to help ensure that children and young people’s needs are identified and assessed and provision is made to help them reach their potential and be fully included.

SNAP Cymru Charity Shop

Elizabeth House, Middleton Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5DG

Tel: 01597 825289

Email: siopsnap.llandrindod@snapcymru.org