We’ve noticed an increase in the number of charities launching interesting pop up projects in recent months. There’s an established model for charities occupying empty shops on temporary terms for the kind of charity shops we see on every high street – but we’re also seeing charities thinking outside the box and using empty space in more creative ways.
Popupspace client The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has recently launched a series of pop up charity shops to promote their range of wildlife themed gifts and home wares. These outlets are a little different from your traditional charity shop selling donated goods, because all the stock sold to raise funds is brand new and the shops have the look and feel of a high end, permanent store. For more information on the product range on offer in the pop up shops, check out the RSPB website.
Pay RSPB a visit at Northgate Street in Chester or York Street in Bath. Popupspace provided RSPB with location sourcing and lease negotiation services and secured prime trading positions within busy town centre areas – essential to the success of these pop up shops. The aims of the initiative, running in conjunction with a major television campaign, are to rebrand and bring in a whole new audience for the RSPB.
Another interesting charity project that popped up on our radar recently was the Prom Dress pop up shop organised by simplyLeah to raise funds for YMCA Teesdale. With local parents struggling to afford posh designer dresses for their daughters’ school prom, donations of dresses and shoes were invited with an overwhelming response. The shop collected over 200 dresses and was so popular that members of the local community asked to keep it open for longer. All profits went towards local youth work.
If you have a charity or community venture that deserves a little exposure and need help finding just the right space for your project, get in touch with Popupspace. We’ll be able to help you find a new temporary home and we can sometimes offer discounts on our services for non-profit enterprises.
Sarah James and Rosie Cann, Popupspace
Deep in the heart of the newly rejuvenated Hackney town centre, the newest pop up space in the area has recently opened its doors to some excited members of the public.
The Hackney Heart Cafe is situated on Narrow Way and will be open from September to December this year, serving delights such as food and drink to Hackney shoppers who want to take the weight off their feet.
But it’s not just an exciting new eatery. The Hackney Heart pop up will also be an art gallery, showcasing samples from local talent. You’ll also be able to purchase locally design furniture, clothes and craft items.
The aim is to give a platform to local designers and makers from across East London and to form a new venue or people of visit, socialise and communicate in.
The organisers promise lots of local produce, including honey and coffee, cakes and other food. A great way to stock up on your Christmas shopping, or maybe just a little gift for yourself.
For more information get in touch with Hackney Heart at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
If the Hackney Heart cafe has inspired you to launch your own pop up shop, restaurant or gallery space or would like to find out more about what’s involved, get in touch with us at Popupspace. Benefit from our experience, as well as our range of property services on offer. You never know, you could be the owner of the next pop up cafe in your area…
Sarah James, Popupspace
We all knew pop up shops where he way forward and the saviour of the high street, but who would have thought that they could really do some good?
Lyn Aaron-Ferringo from Worthing in Sussex has a daughter who suffers from the debilitating condition cerebral palsy. Nine year old Zoe needed funds to be able to travel to Poland for a specialist 28 day course of physiotherapy.
The original plan was to collect and sell donated items at a car boot sale but was quickly inundated with stock and decided to take over a local empty shop. Volunteers including friends and family, kept te shop open every day over the seven week period and eventually raised an amazing £12,000 for Zoe’s well deserved treatment.
This therapy will enable Zoe to spend time out of her chair and possibly walk on her own with support. If you feel you would like to make a donation then check out their website therapyforzoe.webs.com
This isn’t the first time that a charity has popped up. The PDSA has opened several pop up charity shops in the last couple of year. Also, earlier this year chefs in Ryde opened a pop up restaurant where the firefighters from a local station waited on diners in aid of the Wessex Cancer Trust, Seeds4Change and the Firefighters Charity. Serving local produce to hungry customers, they raised over £1,000.
If you run a charity and are looking for alternative ways of raising money and have been inspired by Lyn and her daughter’s story, maybe you could run a similar pop up event. We are always happy to offer pop up advice where we can. Alternatively, if you’re ready to go you can either register your shop requirements on our website or get in touch for details on our location sourcing service.
Sarah James, Popupspace
Charity workers have been amazed at the level of donations for a new pop up charity shop. The Opportunity Box - located in St John’s Street, Coleford - is supporting the work of the Children’s Opportunity Centre.
The shop’s organizer, Georgina Ford, said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed at the support we’ve had. There has been so many donations – anything you could imagine someone wanting to donate, we’ve got it.”
The shop has been donated for free for the month by a generous local landlord.
If you are in the area, pop in and take a look.
Samantha Burak’s world fell apart when she discovered her mum had terminal cancer, but the 21 year old student vowed to honour her mum by fund-raising in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Samantha and six of her fellow students are now set to open up a pop up shop to drum up cash for the charity and famous faces have donated clothes, bags and accessories for the shop.
Fearne Cotton, Gok Wan and model Zara Martin have all donated items and the pop up shop opens for one day only on 2nd March at the Pavillions Shopping Mall in Birmingham.
The students, who have organised the event as part of their degrees in Fashion Retail Management, will be also raising money to help fund the university’s Graduate Fashion Week.
Samantha, who splits her time between her studies and travelling to stay at her mum’s hospital bedside in Hertfordshire, says: “When we were told to think up a charity to benefit from the event, Cancer Research UK was really a no-brainer as all of us had been affected by the illness in some kind of way. My mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer four years ago and she got the all-clear, but then it spread to her bowel. We were then told that the cancer was incurable. Words can’t describe how devastating that was.”
For more information, follow @popupforcancer on Twitter.
An initiative to promote wellbeing is being held in Altrincham. Using music, arts and crafts to promote positive health messages, the pop up is located at 59 George Street, Altrincham from 23rd February until 2nd March.
The pop up space will offer a range of activities, including music from BOOMbox volunteers and Seed Studios, health assessments carried out by Trafford Community Leisure Trust and complementary therapies. The activities are focused around the findings of the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project (2008), which found that for good mental health and wellbeing the ’5-a-day’ should be ‘Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.
Trafford Council, NHS Trafford and the Health and Wellbeing Board have helped the group to develop the pop up project and successfully bid for Big Lottery Funding to support it. Julie Howarth of SCILightARTS said: “If the event is successful we will be looking to work with partners to deliver the event in other town centres across Trafford later on in the year.”
99 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds will host a pop up shop offering advice on how to keep warm in winter and how to get help if you are struggling to pay your energy bills. Visitors will be able to find out if they are eligible for some of the free help on offer including insulation, draught proofing or assistance with paying fuel bills or the loan of a heater. The ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ scheme also offers home energy surveys and can help owners or tenants with a private landlord.
Making a difference to the lives of homeless people in Folkstone, community music company Bluesky Pie is running a pop up shop at 67 Old High Street from Saturday until 23rd February.
In aid of the Folkstone Churches Winter Shelter, the shop will be open daily between 10am and 4pm and will be selling second hand clothing, books and toys to help fund a van for the project.
Organiser Di Burns said: “We think it’s so important to look after homeless people in our community. We went to visit the shelter in one of the churches last week and we were very moved by how hard the volunteers work to care for their clients. We met some lovely people who were very pleased there was such provision so we want to raise as much money as possible for them.”
For more information see www.wintershelter.org.uk