What’s in it for you?

This is a cupboard on a bridge

No less

And the thing is I am not quite sure what is in it

It does not seem to be serving any purpose

And here’s a thing

I have cupboards just like this at home

Actually not

Green maybe

But not anymore

Because I now know from our Re-Tale research what good I can do

Re-Visiting the depths of my cupboards will find items I have not used in ages

Donate them

Put them forward for Re-Use

Maybe

Re-Tale

You know that story behind the object just Re-Discovered

I can be part of something which…

Delivers

Change (however small or loose)

So

Take note

Because you maybe able to

Bridge that gap.

It feels good, Ha?

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

@sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity @sensecharity @sensekingstanding@senseworc @sensecharitykidderminster @SenseTottenham @sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlington-Sense-charity-shop-

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Had you gathered?

We at Ha are active

and our project is playing out really well.

We have traded no blows

Which is good eh?

As we have no time to pause

and we could not ask for better partners on this track.

To be so well received by those so reel busy, in an environment so fast paced is very special.

They have it taped

Which says a great deal (or deals, into the bargain)

about these guys.

For those new to this lets Re-Wind for a moment (or please look at our previous blogs):

Two gather

we are Re-Talers of donated objects,

some have a story to tell of their past existence, and others not.

But here’s a thing…

Along the way we are gathering much data on how the Sense Re-Taler shop operates.

All the challenges which go unnoticed .

The staff who make all that happens possible for when we fast forward to the next phase of our undertaking and begin to Re-Work.

The effort and commitment of these staff and volunteers is incredible.

We are fans

singing from voluntree tops

and you, kindly reading this have hopefully gathered

that’s Ha.

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

@sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity @sensecharity @sensekingstanding@senseworc @sensecharitykidderminster @SenseTottenham @sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlington-Sense-charity-shop-

Rag and bones

Ha visited Sense Re-Tale Aldridge and were met with the fun and frolics we have come to expect now from these amazing people.

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It was smiles all round (other than the previous area manager) captured here.

That’s the one on the left being carefully managed.

Oh by the branches incredible manager.

Joking

Aside

These guys at Sense Re-Tale always need more volunteers

often managing on a skeleton staff.

Let’s make this a joint venture, eh?

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

@sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity @sensecharity @sensekingstanding@senseworc @sensecharitykidderminster @SenseTottenham @sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlington-Sense-charity-shop-

More to boot

You never know quite what to expect when you walk into a Sense Re-Tale shop.

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Actually you probably do, indeed we at Ha do now.

Nothing but a hole lot of warm welcomes.

Actually all customers get that very same warm welcome.

Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, the staff and volunteers take everything in their stride.

At the Cradley Heath Sense Re-Tale shop it was a much drier day than the one previous, and the first step of the day was to get a grip on the roof leak.

The second step was to wade through a wonderful mug of tea. Thanks you made us so welcome at that early hour.

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The third step was to put on a Wellington (Why not?)

Obviously trying not to slip on a petticoat.

She manages it very well in the circumstances (and the shop as well).

And the fourth step was two…

take a step back and laugh, Ha.

The fifth step was for ‘Ha’ to buy raffle tickets (Have you yours yet?)

So as we strides out that day to visit other Re-Tale locations we knew that on top of recognizing the great work these guys do, it would also be properly enjoyable.

To boot (well only one actually).

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

@sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity @sensecharity @sensekingstanding@senseworc @sensecharitykidderminster @SenseTottenham @sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlington-Sense-charity-shop-

Silver Blog

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A wonderful visit to the Worcester branch yesterday allowed for further Re-Tale opportunities.

Much to log, so keep in touch, but here’s one great story.

John is one of a number of great volunteers at this branch

Oh, along with two amazing managers

and he made this tree for hanging all the donated jewellery on.

Every volunteer we speak to loves their work

Oh along with the two amazing managers

Hey you could take a leaf out of their book and volunteer, donate…

make

a difference

first hand. (this one belongs to John)

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

@sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity @sensecharity @sensekingstanding@senseworc @sensecharitykidderminster @SenseTottenham @sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlington-Sense-charity-shop-

and another thing…

We at Ha are really starting to understand the pace at which these Sense Re-Taler guys have to work.

Actually without the generosity of your donations there would be no pace.

Or anything wonderful that can be delivered later down the line.

There are really special outcomes for all this hard work and the amazing donations you know.

So thank you, we at Ha are made up.

Be here’s the thing…

We would love more of your wonderful stories too.

You know, the baggage that the donations come with, maybe?

Furnish us with your Re-Tale told that brightens the day.

Dress it up a little if you fancy, it won’t be curtains.

And here’s a thing…

Maybe it might just develop conversations for others too.

Win win.

These hangers on are all empty and we are literally hanging on your every word. So please join us and be part of our project.

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Donating makes for such a difference, so hats off to you all.

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

@sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity @sensecharity @sensekingstanding@senseworc @sensecharitykidderminster @SenseTottenham @sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlington-Sense-charity-shop-

The Extra Extra Mile

The SENSE team are always giving, going above and beyond to ensure donations reach their destination. Area manager Jodie and her family member got stuck into driving stock around to ensure the SENSE strategy is fulfilled. She sent us some fantastic info and images of her fellow SENSE staff she met on her rounds.
Shirley Sheldon was on a roll again, plenty of stock rolling in and being prepared for rotation. She even finds out driver Dave has a new assistant … welcome Donkey Dave Jr.
The one thing we are always bowled over by
with the SENSE teams is their complete joy and enthusiasm for what they do. They are always smiling and having fun, we are sure there are tough days like any other, but they all share a passion for what they do and strive to make a difference. Which in our eyes they achieve everyday. We’ve said it before, but it is such a pleasure for us to be working with such wonderful people.

Real gems

There will be a number of jewellery Re-Tales over the course of the next few weeks to watch out for, but this one rings true with so much we have seen so far.

So a wonderfully generous person (full of charms) drops by one of the chain of Sense Re-Tale shops and collects all the tangled costume jewellery.

They Re-Solve the tangles from the bangles and all else.

They Re-Store it.

They Re-pair it (especially if its is earrings if you get my drift, oh or a brace, lets stop there, shall we?)

They Re-Work it (in a timely fashion)

They Re-Pack it.

From baggage to baggage.

and the secondhand still ticks along nicely.

What Re-Talers, eh?

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

@sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity @sensecharity @sensekingstanding@senseworc @sensecharitykidderminster @SenseTottenham @sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlington-Sense-charity-shop-

Lost for words, but not lacking inspiration

Just one week into this incredible collaboration, head spinning, many quite inspirational things have played out.

We will Re-Tale many of them over the rest of the project, along with many more we dare say, so please continue to support our blog. It will all be clean, with no requirement for spin, as we tumble towards the next stage of making.

Everyone (and there are many) we have met this week are makers. They make things happen, make a difference and have made sacrifices. There you go, eh. Hanging out with these guys is in line with working with the very best.

Probably best to clothes there.

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

@sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity @sensecharity @sensekingstanding @senseworc @sensecharitykidderminster @SenseTottenham @sensescarborough @sensecharitynewcastle

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlington-Sense-charity-shop-