When a new charity shop opened on Hucknall High Street, the town’s rotarians were keen to learn about the work so invited the Lighthouse Charity Shop manager Laurie Wardle along to its latest meeting.
The Lighthouse is a shop raising funds for a local charity, ValleyCIDS and Laurie was accompanied by the charity’s CEO-designate Jonathan Brook. Laurie spoke about the sense of community being built between volunteers and customers and the way in which the shop can help build confidence and greater self-esteem.
Mr Brook then explained how the ValleyCIDS charity (www.valleycids.co.uk) was a local Christian-based organisation covering the former mining communities of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire providing projects for the young people of these areas.
Currently they employ 14 youth workers and five children’s workers, although none of these are involved in the Hucknall area yet.
The current outreach is based in areas such as Ripley and Heanor.
The programmes and services operated by ValleyCIDS are self-funding through the income of the Lighthouse charity shops and public donations. ValleyCIDS (Christians Involved in Developing Society) was launched in 2000 in the Amber Valley region of Deryshire by a group of Christians wanting to serve, inspire and equip children, young people and families to develop their full potential in society today.
Since 2000, the charity has grown considerably making a difference in both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.