Approaching its first full year of official operation at Upper Main Street, the Second Chance Thrift Shop and Mental Health information hub has forged a great association with the area.
The street-side face of the Castleisland and District Branch of the Kerry Mental Health Association was officially opened on Saturday morning, November 9th 2013 by Irish Rugby International Siobhán Fleming and Kerry star half-back, Killian Young.
On Friday morning the management and volunteers held an anniversary coffee morning to help keep the shop in the spotlight and to boost the funds of the Kerry Mental Health Association.
The money raised there is used only for mental health wellbeing projects that benefit the people of Castleisland and district.
The shop also provides mental health awareness guidelines and an information hub with ‘signposts’ to all the resources available to guide people of the area towards general wellbeing.
The shop there is well stocked with a wide variety of goods from perfectly good, hardly worn suits of clothes and a huge range of casual and sporting gear. Books, CDs and DVDs abound alongside soft toys and gift ideas.
All of the funds raised from the sale of such goods and from events like Friday’s coffee morning are spent on supports for mental well-being in the area. Anyone with an idea that supports well-being or supports people who are distressed is invited to make an application for those funds.
The project’s continued success relies on donations of clothes, books, bric brac etc and even of fabrics and shoes that can go directly for recycling. Second Chance also need some of your time and your ideas- new volunteers are always needed and most welcome.
The shop is always delighted to receive donations of: Clean clothes for men, women and children; Clean fabrics; Paired shoes; Books; CDs DVDs and Video Games; Mobile Phones; Jewellery; good accessories and broken gold and silver.