One of the exciting social initiatives through Hope over the past few years has been the development of our Charity Shops

Our shops have worked as an excellent bridge between the church and community and has not only raised the profile of Hope Church but also given people opportunity to talk about and discover the Christian faith.

If you have chance to pop along to the shop you will meet friendly staff and receive a warm welcome. Many satisfied customers have commented about the atmosphere of the shop in addition to the great goods and quality service. Such is the reception that lots of our regulars simply drop by to have a chat.

The shops give 11 local people part time employment, and to many more people the opportunity to volunteer with us. We currently run four shops, offering a huge range of quality, pre-loved goods at very reasonable prices.

"Everyone who works in the shops is amazed by the warm welcome received by local people - we really feel part of the community. It’s a real joy to work here, the people are so friendly and kind and there is a great atmosphere in the place"

Mary Holliss

How to find us…

Our Clifton Charity Shop

Clifton

30 Varney Road
NG11 8EX

Monday to Friday | 9 – 5
Saturday | 9 – 3

Our first shop opened in 2003. Initially run as a partnership project with Open Hands – Nottingham, the shop is now owned and managed by Hope and continues to be a great success.

Our Meadows Charity Shop

The Meadows

4 Bridgeway Centre
NG2 2JD

Monday to Friday | 9 – 5
Saturday | 9 – 1

Opened in 2006, our second shop is part of the Hope vision to bring practical Christian care to local communities.

Our Sherwood Charity Shop

Sherwood

581 Mansfield Road
NG5 2JN

Monday – Friday | 9 – 5
Saturday | 9 – 5

Specialising in shoes and clothes, this shop was set up in 2009.

Our Wollaton Charity Shop

Wollaton

121 Middleton Boulevard
NG8 1FW

Monday – Friday | 9 – 5
Saturday | 9 – 3

Situated on Crown Island, we opened up our fourth shop in 2012.

How can you help our charity shops?

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1. Shopping

Profits from our shop are used to support our work in Nottingham and abroad. The more we sell, the more we can do!

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2. Donating Goods

We rely on donations of clothes, bric-a-brac, household goods, toys, CD’s etc to sell in our shops. On larger items such as furniture we can sometimes arrange collection.

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3. Volunteering

Do you have some time to spare? If so, why not talk to us about becoming a shop volunteer. Ask our manager for further details.

Mary Holliss

Charity Shop Manager

Meet Mary, a Member of Hope Church and manager of the Hope Centre and our four charity shops.

We asked Mary a few questions to get to know a bit more about her and the work she does….

Please could you tell us a bit about your working background?

The twenty years I have lived in Nottingham I have found myself working in many different areas. As a ‘temp’, my first job was for British Coal at Bestwood Village where I headed up a team of typists and receptionists. From there, I was offered another role at Barclays Life Insurance, but didn’t enjoy that, so after seven months of daily torture, I decided to look for something new. A new job at Rolls-Royce in Hucknall as secretary to a business manager, meant after only a couple of months Rolls-Royce had offered me a permanent position in the Human Resources department as an administrator. I was delighted at this turn of events as the role turned out to be not merely a job but a whole new career! In March 2010 I took the opportunity of early retirement from Rolls-Royce after 14 years because I felt God leading me in a different direction, and in a very short time that direction became clear – Hope Church.

How long have you been managing the Charity Shops?

I started working for Hope Church in August 2010 with the intention of working 2 days a week as Stephen’s PA, and we had two charity shops – at Clifton and the Meadows. In some mysterious way, the job gradually evolved to include over-seeing and managing the Hope Charity Shops. In October 2011 we accepted the opportunity to take over the Second Chance charity shop in Sherwood from The Christian Centre, and in October 2012 we opened our fourth shop on Crown Island at Wollaton following a major re-fit of a former pharmacy.

What’s the best thing about managing the Charity Shops?

I’d say that the people are the best thing about managing the shops. This includes the staff who manage each of the shops and their teams of volunteers who donate their time, as well our customers, plus the ever increasing number of very generous people who donate items for sale. I also enjoy the variety of the job – each day brings a new challenge and it’s never boring.

What are your hopes for the Charity Shops for future?

The shops give 11 local people part-time employment, and to many more people the opportunity to volunteer with us. It would be wonderful if the shops became so successful that we were able to offer more paid positions. To achieve this we would need more customers and more donations at each of the shops – every week. That’s my hope for the future.

If you have any questions about our charity shops or want to help then please feel free to email Mary directly. Thanks.

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