The Ark Charity Shop has been serving the people of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham for more than 20 years. It sells a wide range of goods from clothing, shoes, books, bric à brac, toys, DVDs to electrical goods. All the items are competitively priced, rotated regularly and there are special offers every week. Many customers come to the shop every few days to pick up a bargain.
The shop was started by the churches in the area so that small, local organisations could be given grants for their activities. Lots of local adults and children have benefited from them through these organisations. Run by volunteers, the shop is seen as a friendly, supportive place to shop, and many volunteers have gone on to get jobs, after their experience in the shop.
The shop will soon almost double in size, allowing more goods to be displayed. There will also be room for baby equipment and small furniture and the plan is to have the front of the shop dedicated to clothing and the back for other items.
Thanks to the generosity of local people there has never been a shortage of donations. The shop accepts everything that is given and even asks people to bring their rags and broken electrical items, as these can be sold on. Sandra, the manager, said ”I’m delighted that we’ll be able to display more goods and I’m encouraging people to donate more of everything, ready for when we open the shop extension. Everyone’s really excited about the future”
What a marvellous example of ecumenical working, by the churches of Girlington, Heaton, and Manningham, which include Little Lane LEP.