Home by Scope charity shop in Northampton to re-open June 15
Written by Chris Harris on June 12, 2020
On Monday 15 June, the Home by Scope charity shop in Northampton will be one the first 16 stores to reopen its doors to the public. Scope, the disability equality charity, has seen its retail income plummet during the pandemic, with income being 85 per cent down.
Scope’s priority as its shops reopen is the safety of staff, volunteers, and customers. Shopping post-Coronavirus will be a different experience and new safety guidelines will be in place. Scope are introducing social distancing, intensive shop cleaning, hand washing and imposing a 72-hour quarantine for all donations. All shops will also have sneeze screens in place at the till for added reassurance.
Scope’s staggered approach to reopening its 207 shops will be an opportunity to test and learn. At first, shops will be inviting one customer in at a time. All customers will be expected to use the hand sanitiser before browsing and one-way systems will be in place, along with distancing markers on floors.
Since lockdown began in March, Scope’s helpline has seen an influx of calls from disabled people concerned about Coronavirus. Scope’s online community has enabled thousands of disabled people, who might otherwise be feeling isolated, to connect with others. The charity’s family support and employment services have had to set up remotely so we can continue to be there for the people that need us.
It’s not just Scope’s shops that have been affected by lockdown. Street fundraising has been paused and challenge events cancelled, and so Scope is asking for the public’s help. With more time to possibly de-clutter the home, Scope are hoping for an influx of donation bags from the public. Each bag of donations is worth, on average, £20 to Scope.
Nuala Morgan, Manager of Home by Scope charity shop in Northampton says: “It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to welcome our wonderful community through our doors and we’re all looking forward to seeing our customers once more.
“We’ve put stringent safety procedures in place to ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues. I am sure this will seem rather strange for many people to begin with and I hope customers will bear with us during this period.
“You can still find fabulous bargains and hidden treasure in our shop. If people wish to donate, they can either bring it along to our shop in Abington Street and put it in the purple wheelie bin outside.
“If anyone has a few hours to spare and would like to consider volunteering, we’ll ensure you have PPE and are well supported”.