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Our Charitable Objectives are

to raise funds to increase opportunities and enhance the education of the pupils at Sidestrand Hall School, either individually or as a group. It is not for day to day running expenses.

The Trustees meet regularly to review the accounts, review the shop operations and to make grant decisions

We raise funds from :-

  • Income from our charity shop – Strands
  • Commission on school photographs
  • Gift Aid
  • Sales of unsold rags and books (Ziffit)
  • Annual fundraising events – Summer Fete and Xmas fayre.
  • Donations from parents, governors, staff, local businesses eg for raffle prizes at our annual events, for other activities in the year eg Strandfest and direct donations
  • Seeking grant donations from external charities.

What we have done with funds raised in the past few years:-

Funds Spent

We have been fortunate to receive the following grants:-

Grants Received

Strands Charity Shop was opened in 2013 to raise funds for Strands Charity and also to provide a work experience base for our students to help develop their independence and life skills.

The shop is managed by a fantastic team of volunteers led by our shop manager – Sheila Neale.

Strands is open Monday , Tuesday and Thursday 10am- 4pm and Wednesday and Saturday 10am- 2pm. Closed Friday and Sunday. If we get more volunteers the shop opening times may be able to increase.

Donations can be taken to the shop during opening hours or, if from parents, sent into school.

We love good quality clothes, accessories, handbags, shoes, jewelry, books, toys, crockery, bric-a-brac, CD’s, DVD’s, bed linen and curtains, unwanted gifts and much more. We can now also accept small electrical items (as Cromer Electric have very kindly offered to PAT test them for free before resale).

Any items which are donated and we can’t sell are sent for recycling, with textiles raising additional funds through the ragbag programme and books being sold to Ziffit.

The shop is also a drop off point for donations of toiletries to Leeway – a domestic abuse charity that the School supports.

5 Church Street
Cromer NR27 9ER
Telephone: 01263 515188

The School/Shop is a member of Cromer Chamber of Commerce

Volunteer in Strands Shop

We are always looking for cheerful and trustworthy volunteers to join our happy team at the shop. Tasks may include:-

  • Sorting donations
  • Steam cleaning garments
  • Tagging and pricing items for sale
  • Assisting/serving customers and taking payments (using an electronic till)
  • Opening/closing the shop
  • Displaying items for sale
  • Keeping shop floor and ancillary areas clean and tidy

Training for all tasks is given and the schools safe recruitment processes followed for all volunteers.

Please contact the School Business Manager at Sidestrand Hall School for an initial informal discussion/application form or pop into the shop for a chat with Sheila and collect an application form from there if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

Donate monies direct to the Charity – speak to the School Business Manager for bank details

Donate goods to the Strands Charity Shop.

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Thank you for your support.