What We Do
In 2008 Barnabus opened a shop on Wilmslow Road, Withington to help provide a more stable income for our work with the homeless.
The shop is a charity boutique selling good quality second-hand goods, clothing and bric-a-brac. It also has a coffee bar, selling coffee and cakes.
The shop is managed by a fulltime member of staff and a team of volunteers and we're open Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm. We're always thankful for any donations you may have and can collect larger items if necessary.
There’s no stopping this young lady!
Tabs (shown here on the far right) writes: I have been working for Barnabus for two and a half years, starting as a volunteer and then as an assistant, when I was invited to join the team. Soon after this Peter and Beryl gave me the opportunity to study whist I worked, to gain a qualification in Retail Apprenticeship, and I am now studying for a Level Three Retail Management Qualification. I have a training assessor called Karen who guides me through the work and has encouraged me to start the Management course once finishing the Level Two Qualification.
Karen (shown centre) recently put me forward to take part in an apprentice scheme by Manchester City Council to highlight successful apprentices to encourage other young people to do the same. This consisted of a recorded interview in which I discussed the benefits of apprenticeships and a photography session which will result in me being included in a group shot of young apprentices which will be used on billboards, leaflets and online. I enjoy the experience of working for Barnabus and the feeling this gives me for helping a charity, and knowing the work I am doing now will benefit my future.
Beryl Green, Joint Project Director and Shop Manager(shown here on the far left) writes:
Barnabus has been committed to supporting four young people at the shop through ‘First for Skills’ part of the National Apprentice Scheme to help people enhance their skills and education.Tabs originally came to us as a volunteer, she is a very capable and trustworthy young lady, keen to help in any way she can. She has learnt how to cope with the many different demands of a busy shop and is a blessing to us and our customers. Tabs has now achieved certificates in management and has even been appointed as an ambassador for Manchester City Council's promotion of the National Apprentice Scheme.
We have been blessed to have our Withington Shop for 4 years. I want to finish by saying thank you for your generous support, our shop raises vital funds, so together we can continue to help the homeless in Manchester.
Could you help us find new shop premises?
Our charity shop provides much needed revenue so it makes sense for us to look for another shop in Greater Manchester. We would really love to hear from you if you or someone you know, owns a shop and could help support us by offering reduced rates for either a short or long term lease. If you can help in any way please contact Peter Green on 0161 237 3223 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop in for a coffee and a chat we would love to see you our address is: 473 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4AN. You can find us using the map below.