Charity Retail Announce Awards 2024 shortlist

The Charity Retail Association are thrilled to announce the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Charity Retail Awards, celebrating outstanding achievements, innovations and contributions in the charity retail sector in the past year. The winners of each category will be announced at the Charity Retail Awards ceremony and gala dinner on Wednesday 26 June at Harrogate Convention Centre. See the full list below. Young Volunteer of the Year   Lottie O’Connor, Cancer Research UK   Cara Ryan, ForSight    Lacie Niblett, St Giles Hospice   Volunteer of the Year   Clive Burke, Devon Air Ambulance   Margaret…

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Online shoppers give items new lease of life as charity shop sales grow

Charity shop sales continued to grow at the end of 2023, boosted by strong online sales as charities worked to attract customers despite bad weather, according to the Charity Retail Association’s 2023 Q4 Quarterly Market Analysis report*. Respondents reported seeing a 19.4% increase in online income compared to the same period in 2022 as customers shopped for the festive season. 75% of charities who took part in the survey said they sold online, while in-store income also remained positive, growing 1.9% year-on-year, driven by an average transaction value increase of…

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Charity shops have positive impact on wellbeing valued at £75.3 Billion, new study finds

Charity shops have a huge positive impact on people’s wellbeing, a ground-breaking new report commissioned by the Charity Retail Association has found. The Social Return on Investment (SROI) report, ‘The Value of Giving Back – The Social Return of Charity Shops’ has been commissioned by the Charity Retail Association, kindly supported by law firm Foot Anstey, to understand the social value generated by UK charity shops and the benefits they bring to customers, staff, volunteers, and donors, and was undertaken using established principles of assessing social value. The report found…

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Sustainable fashion’s flagship event and UK charity shops in brand new sponsorship deal

The Charity Retail Association sponsors Sustainable Fashion Week 2022 in a win-win partnership that brings together the UK’s primary sustainable shopping experience and community-based action to support a change in our relationship with fashion. Sustainable Fashion Week, running 16-25 September, is a week of grassroots activity, gathering people together to inspire, upskill and empower them to make sustainable fashion choices. The four themes of the week’s activities are rewear, repurpose, regenerate and reconnect – each theme has calls to action that support a turn towards the sustainable and away from…

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Charity Retail Association and Wil-U, Launch Volunteering Matching Service

The Charity Retail Association  in collaboration with Wil-U, have launched an initiative to help match potential volunteers with charity shops when they reopen on or after the 15th June. From today, members of the public who are potentially interested in volunteering can go to www.charityshopvolunteer.org.uk and sign up in a very simple and short process. Charity retailers who have vacancies will then be able to interrogate the database and identify potential volunteers according to their location and specific charity interest (eg medical research, animal welfare etc). The platform has been…

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