THE Irish Wheelchair Association has just opened a new charity shop at its regional headquarters in Ardee.
It is the first shop of its kind to be opened by the association in the North East.
The shop sells a wide variety of used items including, clothes, shoes, books, and even small pieces of furniture. “said shop manager Karen Glass.
“We are encouraging people to bring in any unwanted items,” said Karen Glass shop manager.
“Any items that that we can’t use are taken away by a recycling company and the money is then donated to the Irish Wheelchair Association.
“So never throw anything out. It will always be of use to us in one way or another,” said Karen.
“The Irish Wheelchair Association have a total of ten shops in the country. The nearest to us is in the south of the provence down in Wexford.
“The purpose of the shop is to help fund the services of the Irish Wheelchair Association.”
The Irish Wheelchair Association is a voluntary organisation that works with people with both physical and sensory disabilities.
“The town of Ardee has a long term association with the Irish Wheelchair Association since 1974,” said services co–ordinator Catherine Murray.
“It was set up by a group of volunteers who started off as small activity group in the day care centre.
“Now we have our own day resource centre with a total of sixty members where we run a number of sports and social activity.
“The shop is an excellent facility for the people of Ardee and surrounding areas. It caters for all ages and there is something to attract everyone.
“All the items are at a very reasonable price and all the money raised goes towards an excellent cause.
“The shop is open from Monday through to Saturday and we would like to encourage people who come into us or contact us between those times.
“The shop is run by two part-time staff and a number of volunteers. If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer don’t hesitate to contact us or call into the shop.
“Without the wonderful work and support of all the staff and the volunteers it wouldn’t have been possible to set up the shop,” said Catherine.
The downturn in the economy has diminished employment opportunities and many people have considered working as a volunteer while seeking employment.
Becoming a volunteer is a great way of meeting people and giving up just a small bit of time to help others.
Both Catherine and Karen would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank to the people of Ardee and surrounding areas in these hard economic times for their continued help and support.
The people who use the wheelchair centre come from Ardee and surrounding areas, from Blackrock, Annagassan and also Dundalk which does not have a similar service for the disabled.
They combine with other centres such as Laois, Dublin, Belfast and Antrim in sporting and other activities.
Since the resource centre opened those who use it have never looked back. They meet people of all ages who help them realize what they can really achieve. Suddenly they realize that a disability does not stop them from achieving their goals, that it’s mind over matter.”
All the staff in the centre are professional and friendly.
For more information about the shop just call into the shop or contact us on 041–68 50 085.