NEW HOMES FOR OLD FURNITURE AND WOOD
Islay annually produces 60 tonnes of furniture for possible re-use or upcycling.
The Charity Shop (previously Re-JIG) has been running since 1999 and has successfully made re-use and upcycling a way of life for many on Islay. Simply, people have donated items from which others can benefit.
As a result, we have distributed 30 tonnes of items - even kitchen sinks - every year.
As recycling has become the norm, people sell anything with monetary value through services such as eBay. The majority of what was brought in during 2018 is of no value at all and could not be re-used. In future, the Charity Shop will concentrate on accepting wooden furniture that our workshop team can either upcycle or usefully chip.
FUNDING AND SUSTAINABILITY
This project is income-generating and sustainable, despite offering items at a very reasonable price.
The general Islay community is behind the project.
The Charity Shop frequently furnishes the homes of people in financial crisis. In addition, it helps reduce costs for our local authority.
The shop employs 1.5 FTE staff.