Children make charity shop call

Chas shop

Pupils have given their time to window dress their local charity shop in an effort to drive donations and encourage upcycling and recycling

23rd January 2020 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

A group of eco savvy pupils from Kinross High School have given their time to window dress their local charity shop in an effort to drive donations and encourage upcycling and recycling as a way of life.

As part of the Social Enterprise in Education programme, the team of second years have set up a project called ‘Same Difference’ which aims to raise money and create relationships with CHAS staff and children from Rachel House, which the charity’s retail arm was set up to support. SEA is Government funded to get social enterprises into every school within the next nine years.

The high street outlet – which has evolved into two units since opening in 1999 – now comprises a ladies wear boutique and a general charity shop offering clothing, toys, books and music.

As part of the shop’s January drive, they are calling on the public to bring in any unwanted gifts, clothes (particularly ladieswear), shoes, accessories, toiletries and jewellery, which can be sold on, recycled or repurposed. The pupils’ display is designed to make customers question themselves about what household goods they get rid of and where they could alternatively go to good use.

Lynne Penny, business education teacher at Kinross High School, said: “The children and I all feel very proud to be building a relationship between CHAS and Kinross High School. So far we have raised a substantial amount to help with the amazing work that happens in Rachel House and we look forward to what we plan to do for the rest of the year. The project is giving our pupils the opportunity to develop their employability skills and raising their awareness of how they can impact society to make a difference.”

Lyndsay Stobie, community fundraiser for CHAS, said: ‘It has been an absolute pleasure partnering with the social enterprise students at Kinross High School over the last few months. They have shown so much enthusiasm to learn more about CHAS, supporting the charity through fundraising and other initiatives like this one, creating a thought-provoking New Year window display in their local charity shop.

“The students are learning how to build a successful business that will also give back to the community, which is such a commendable vision. 

“With the high school and CHAS being local to Kinross, it has been heartwarming to establish this link with the students, and I hope we can continue to help each other to support children and families when they need it most.”

In Scotland, nearly 16,000 children and young people live with life-shortening conditions and CHAS is determined to reach every family who needs its services. CHAS works across Scotland, able to provides its hospice services nation-wide for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. CHAS offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care from Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.

The CHAS at Home service supports families with the services of a hospice yet in their own homes across the whole of Scotland. Through its Diana Children’s Nurses working in hospitals across the country they can support families and clinical teams.

27th January 2020 by Zhila White

Hi Gareth,What a beautiful incentive by the children of Kinross to get involved with the charity sector. Love it.I work for, and we are currently running a similar campaign to encourage people to shop second hand by getting members of the public to send in photos of their favourite charity shop window, along with their reason, and location of the shop. If you are interested in entering (as it is also a competition through which the winning entry wins a £90 curry's/PC world voucher for their shop) please do email me - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with a photo of your shop window, its name, location, and why it is your favourite smile (It's not a problem if you work at the shop yourself) Thanks!