Unwanted goods needed as Lincolnshire charity prepares to launch its own chain of shops

Lincolnshire learning disability charity Linkage is to operate its own chain of shops in the county and residents are being encouraged to drop off their pre-loved items.

The move to develop into retail comes as the organisation looks to further increase its fundraising income streams.

Linkage plans to open a chain of charity shops across Greater Lincolnshire over the next three years and a Development Co-ordinator is being recruited to achieve this.

The outlets, locations yet to be confirmed, will be staffed by volunteers.

Linkage Chief Executive Valerie Waby says: “Charity shops can be goldmines for great bargains. We will look to offer different things in different locations and, as part of our portfolio, we will specialise in vintage and shabby chic goods and clothing. We’ll also be selling the high-quality ceramics, woodcrafts and glassware made by our clients.”

Linkage already operates commercial premises, with three cafes in Mablethorpe, Louth and Manby near Louth. These are staffed by students and clients, guided by full-time managers.

Anyone wanting to de-clutter their wardrobe and donate any items no longer needed as potential stock for Linkage charity shops should call 01790 752499 or email info@linkage.org.uk.