Renfrewshire Council

Kathleen Gallagher and Provost Lorraine Cameron checking out the nice things at RAMH Re-use Superstore in Johnstone.

MEDIA RELEASE: Council employees' donation boosts charity store shelves

Charity RAMH teamed up with Renfrewshire Council employees to stock up their Re-use Superstore.

Located in Johnstone town centre and run by RAMH's Lifeskills service, the store offers low-cost household items for sale as well as work experience and training for those wanting to boost their skills.

Stephen McLellan, RAMH Chief Executive, was at the store to receive the collection from Renfrewshire's Provost Lorraine Cameron.

Kathleen Gallagher, Carolann McGarrity, Provost Lorraine Cameron and Jonathan Kelly at RAMH Re-use Superstore in Johnstone.

Stephen said: "We believe firmly in supporting people recovering from mental ill health. That's why we started the Re-use Superstore to give people the practical things they need at a low cost.

"Having the store as a place people can gain confidence as well as skills and experience to support them recover and help them to feel capable of finding suitable employment is also a big part of what we do each day.

"The collection received from Council staff will help use stock up our store ahead of the winter season."

Big Teddy helps out behind the scenes at RAMH Re-use Superstore in Johnstone.

Provost Cameron said: "People always need low cost household items, whether it's a new cutlery set, winter clothes or some toys for the kids.

"Giving away furniture, soft furnishings and electrical goods that you no longer need is a great way to help support others to keep their homes cosy and warm at a low cost."

The collection was held during Challenge Poverty Week, which aims to highlight the reality of poverty and demonstrate what needs to be done across Scotland to address poverty.

Residents can support the store by bringing in working, clean and complete household items to RAMH Re-use Superstore at Houstoun Court Shopping Arcade (across from the town hall) Church Street, Johnstone, PA5 8DT.

Published: Friday 12 October 2018

Pictured: Kathleen Gallagher, Carolann McGarrity, Provost Lorraine Cameron, Jonathan Kelly and Big Teddy.