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Mental health charity gets crafty for Christmas

14 December 2017
Staff, members and volunteers at Restore crafting Christmas decorations for their pop-up shop at Banbury’s Castle Quay shopping centre.

An Oxfordshire mental health charity will be showcasing its work and offering shoppers a chance to pick up some last-minute Christmas presents.

With support from Sanctuary Housing, Restore runs a range of services to help people with recovery and to learn new skills.

Over the last few weeks, members of the charity have been busy crafting a wide range of gifts and decorations, which they will be selling from a special ‘pop-up’ shop in Banbury’s Castle Quay shopping centre on Thursday 21 December.

Christmas shoppers will be able to browse a wide range of jewellery, wooden gifts, baubles and more, as well as finding out more about the charity and its work.

The items for sale are hand-made by members of Restore’s North Oxfordshire Recovery Group, based at The Orchard, in Calthorpe Street, Banbury.

Here, people can socialise while learning skills such as cooking, woodwork and arts and crafts in a supportive environment. Members also run their own on-site shop, selling the items they make, which is open year-round.

Sanctuary is currently supporting Restore with a new ‘online sales skills’ initiative, working with Activate Learning Banbury to teach members digital skills and enable them to sell their products online.

Funding from Sanctuary has previously helped Restore to run a Volunteer Employment Coaching project, supporting volunteers to assist those recovering from mental health problems and who are ready to take a step back onto the career ladder.

Jacqui Vincent-Potter, at Restore, said: “Our pop-up shop at Castle Quay is a great opportunity for us to raise much-needed funds and showcase Restore and the work we do to the Banbury community.

“We’re really looking forward to meeting shoppers and showing them the fantastic festive items our talented members have produced.”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnership manager, added: “Restore offers an important service to local people, aiding their recovery and helping them to learn new skills, move forward and live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.”

This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.