Every organisation should have their fun side and for the Health Connections team, it is their charity shop on the Bridge. Thanks to the Co-ops generosity, it has been redecorated bright orange and it stands out!
Inside, there is a revival of all things retro. Ray Lowe has donated a Farrow and Ball paint which promotes “Heavenly thoughts” and compliments their collection of charity shop treasures. A collaboration with Aubern Gardens creates a green and fresh atmosphere with lots of plants for sale. Throughout the shop, there are prompts to encourage reusing and avoiding waste.
Bric a brac is arranged in themes which support Health Connections mission ‘enabling all people in the Bailiwick to be connected to support and information that helps them live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. Its fun to spot the gardening and and cooking/bakery sections to remind us of the joys of gardening and the smell of baking throughout a happy home.
A wonderful collage of The Bridge, made by Guernsey Cheshire Home residents hangs in the window and gives a sense of pride and belonging to local customers.
Creative Learning in Prisons project (CLIP) also sell their products in the shop; from birdtables to wooden Christmas trees and all sales revenue is returned to that project.
All prices have been taken off EVERYTHING donated to the charity so that customers can have equal access to the things that are useful or beautiful to them, no matter their financial situation.
The shop volunteers are trained as Community Connectors and all customers get a directory card to signpost them to the frontline support offered by Health Connections “directory to doorstep” model which connects people to support that matters to them.
See www.healthconnections.gg for more information about what generous donations in the shop support.