Joanne Takes the Reins at NCBI Castleisland Shop

Newly appointed manager, Joanne Fleming pictured outside the NCBI Castleisland shop at Lower Main Street. ©Photograph: John Reidy
NCBI Castleisland shop manager, Joanne Fleming (left) with volunteer, Jan Wesley with samples of Jan’s fundraising needlework at the Lower Main Street shop. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The running of the National Council of the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) Castleisland shop has been taken over by local woman, Joanne Fleming.

Joanne has stepped into the managerial role at the Lower Main Street outlet following an 18 year stint in the retail side of the fashion business.

Team of Volunteers

Feeling blessed with a team of volunteers around her, Joanne mentions: Jan Wesley, Rose Shannon, Marlene Le Vesconte, Donna Mitchell, Maura Ryan and Tina Moriarty as being of huge help to her in her new role.

“The team here has already rearranged the layout of the rails and the shelves and the shop in general so that customers can more easily find what they’re looking for.

Goods and Surprises

“The shelves here are full of CDs, DVDs, books and brick-a-brac and the kind of surprises you expect to find in shops like this,” said Joanne.

“We have some new volunteers and people who have been here over the years from its Mrs. Quin’s days.

“Jan Wesley, at 88 is working and knitting tirelessly and making tea cosies and dolls to raise funds for the NCBI – and her work is in great demand in the shop.

Great Bunch of Ladies

“I’m very lucky to have sunch a great bunch of ladies who made me so welcome in my new position here and we all look forward to the continued support from the people who donate material for the shop to us.

“We’d appreciate it if people would keep us in mind when they’re de-cluttering. When you’re de-cluttering we can recycle your unwanted stuff for a good cause,” Joanne appealed.

Willing to Volunteer ?

Joanne would like to hear from people willing to volunteer a few hours per week in the shop and anyone interested is invited to pop in for a chat.

“A team of good volunteers is vital and always needed and there’s plenty of work for people who’d like to get involved with us,” said Joanne in conclusion.

The NCBI shop’s annual street collection is on December 15th in Castleisland.

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