The Salvation Army hopes to expand its reach in Hawick after opening a new community story in the town.
The Salvation Army’s senior leader in the East of Scotland, Lieutenant Colonel Carol Bailey, cut the ribbon yesterday as a blessing was pronounced on the new venture.
The church and charity’s store at 48 High Street, Hawick, is offering a range of preowned items for sale including a small selection of furniture.
The charity also hopes the store will also widen the outreach potential of the Salvation Army locally, especially as it is collection point for the local Foodbank.
Volunteers at the store, under the guidance of manager Sheila Moir and assistant manager Danni Turnbull will also be on hand to offer a range of support to people referred for assistance.
Profits from the project will go to The Salvation Army’s church and community centre in Croft Road, which, under the leadership of Lieutenant Caroline Brophy-Parkin, runs a range of activities including parent and toddlers and other community support clubs.
Daniel Rous, divisional charity shops operations manager, said: “This is an exciting time for The Salvation Army in Hawick. This is a regionally supported, but locally run shop, so when people buy anything, they are helping the work of The Salvation Army in Hawick.
“The project has had fantastic support so far, and a number of people and organisations have gone the extra mile to help us get it up and running. We hope to create even more links in the future so that the greatest amount of support can be provided to those who need it right here in Hawick. And at the same time, we help reduce landfill by giving these items a chance to be reused and recycled.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Carol Bailey emphasised the local support that can be achieved through this Store.
She said: “During a time when budgets are tight and there is great need in our communities, our local charity shops and furniture projects provide a great place to
purchase good quality items at a reasonable cost, as well as being informal calling points for local people to find support.”
The Salvation Army’s Community Store is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 4:30pm. To donate any items, to volunteer, or to find out more about the project, call 01450 378761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org