Changing Lives recognises the value of diversifying the services it provides and being innovative to meet its charitable objectives. We therefore run charity shops, food re-distribution schemes and a maintenance company – all with the aim of generating additional income which can support Changing Lives’ vital work with thousands of people each year.
Our social enterprises include:
- traditional charity shop in Gateshead,
- a charity furniture store in Newcastle,
- FareShare North East, our food re-distribution scheme.
Our social enterprises deliver lots of benefits for the charity. Firstly, they provide vital income to support our ongoing work throughout England. Secondly, they provide volunteering and employment opportunities for the people we work with, and those referred through other routes. This can include training, apprenticeships and professional qualifications. Finally, they help us build partnerships with other organisations – such as the 91 community groups that currently benefit from our FareShare NE service.
Just because they’re run by a charity that doesn’t mean that the Changing Lives social enterprises are anything less than business-like. Good governance is essential to everything we do and the specialist Changing Lives Commercial Board works hard to ensure all our social enterprises operate as effectively as possible.
“We are extremely happy to be providing space to Changing Lives and to support them in offering such an invaluable service. Changing Lives do fantastic work and it’s a real pleasure for us to help an organisation with a similar ethos to our own.”
– Jason Wylie, Head of Business Services at Your Homes Newcastle
So if you’re interested in business opportunities with any of the Changing Lives social enterprises, or gaining experience in retail or warehousing and helping to make a real difference in your local community, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Jo Curry, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Shields, General Manager FareShare North East, 0191 2781895 / email@example.com
Sead Masic, National Volunteer Manager, 0191 481 3695 / firstname.lastname@example.org