The Ardler Village Trust Charity Shop

The Ardler Village Trust opened a charity shop to generate a financial surplus for the AVT’s charitable activities.
• The aim of the shop is to provide local residents with a source of affordable clothing, household goods and leisure goods.
• Running the shop provides training, information and confidence building opportunities for local residents

The Ardler Village Trust opened the doors to it's charity shop on the 3rd September 2008, supported by The Big Lottery Fund, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association, Bentleys Shopfitters, and a loyal band of local volunteers.

We would like to thanks all of those who have made this project our most successful to date including RBS, Sanctuary Housing, Claverhouse, Bentley's Shopfitters, Ardler Complex and our loyal band of volunteers.

A three day timetable was drawn up in which RBS with the AVT and volunteers set up this business. The shop was up and running within 3 days despite the enormous amount of work which needed to done before it could open to the public. This included the construction and erection of walls, collecting donations, installing shop fitments, marketing and promotion. Despite the challenges the shop was opened it's doors at a launch event on Wednesday 3rd 2008.

The charity shop is a community based “not for profit” organisation meeting the specific aims of the Trust and the local community.

The key to the shops success continues to be the team of dedicated volunteers that run the shop. We currently have around 11 volunteers who put in between 3 and 12 hours per week. It’s a good, fun team that welcomes new enthusiastic members.

If you would like to help out to gain experience or to help our community then please drop in to the shop at 197 Turnberry Avenue or phone 828814.

Update on Achievements

To date the shop has raised over £55,000 which has contributed to several local projects including seating, the Ardler Hot Phone, the local Newsletter, Fundays, Easter Events, Big Days Out, Fireworks Trips and Christmas Lights Events.

Proceeds from the shop have also been used to support other local groups and organisations, including both St Fergus and Ardler Primary schools, the Ardler Chalmers Family project, Sidlaw House, and the Ardler Environment Group.

These organisations are at the heart of the community and it was the community who decided who should be supported. These groups and organisations are the very people that the money raised through the charity shop is meant for.

The success of the shop is very much dependant on the support of the local community and as always the shop would like to thank all those people who have generously donated goods and purchase goods over the years or those who have volunteered their support. Please continue to support our shop so that we can continue to deliver and support local projects, groups and organisations.