A NEW charity shop aimed at helping those with learning difficulties find work has opened in Goring.
Splash FM’s Simon Osbourne was on hand to open The Ferring Country Centre’s first charity shop on Goring Road last weekend.
The shop will sell second-hand donated goods and will enable the charity earn more money and help its clients to get into paid employment.
Organisers hope the shop will help to build bridges, dispel misconceptions and raise awareness of the ability of people with learning difficulties.
General manager Lynda Vowles said: “The main funding for this project was awarded to us by the West Sussex County Council Support Programme for Social Enterprises, in collaboration with WSSEN, for which we are extremely grateful.”
The shop will be run by people with learning difficulties, with the help of by Ferring Country Centre’s support staff.
“This funding has enabled us to move one step closer to enabling our client group to obtain salaried employment.” Ms Vowles added.
The charity, based in Rife Way, Ferring, helps vulnerable adults gain social inclusion through their ‘Work Counts’ scheme.
The scheme enables clients to move on to community or voluntary placements, with a view to finding paid employment in the commercial workplace, where they may have previously been excluded.