Really wonderful news that our beloved charity shops can reopen from
12th April, and they will be wanting your pre-loved donations. But the
COVID situation has imposed limitations on what many of the charities
can manage with regards to donations. Some charities may prefer to
collect from you. This allows them more flexibility to make the most
of what resources and people they have at any time, and to take
donations to a location that can deal with them.
GOLDEN RULE - contact your chosen charity or shop prior to visiting
VOLUNTEERS - the Charities may well have reduced numbers of
volunteers, and, or reduced hours they can attend. This will, at
least for now mean the charities will have to adapt to what they have
got and make the most of their resources.
SHOPS - not all shops will be opening on the 12th, some will be
staggered to open over a timescale, and some you knew of may have
permanently closed. Those that do reopen may have reduced days as
they can't staff a full week's trading or may do fewer hours per day
for the same reasons.
DONATIONS - The situation with volunteers and shops as above,
will also have an effect on donations. There may well be fewer staff
and volunteers to deal with donations, a lack of locations to drop off
donations, a lack of space in those premises that are open and
trading, and maybe a lack of vehicles and persons for the collection
THINGS CHARITIES CANT ACCEPT- there are always some things the
charities can't accept, and these are mainly dictated by,
Health & Safety Legislation
Goods that are either not saleable, or there is no demand, and, or
they incur a cost to the charity to dispose of them correctly
Lack of space and resources for some items, for some charities.