So what is Grandma's Attic?
Launched in February 2018, Grandma's Attic Community Project is a not for profit organisation. The original intention was to develop a small charity shop with all of the proceeds raised utilised to provide community services for vulnerable and isolated residents living within the Blaenau Ffestiniog area of North Wales.
It soon became apparent that the need for this type of project was on a far larger scale than first anticipated with many suggestions made for the types of services required.
By July 2018, Grandma's charity shop relocated to larger premises right in the heart of High Street which allowed us to reach both locals and tourists thus allowing us to raise even more funds whilst ensuring that all donations of stock were affordable and of good quality.
The summer trading period allowed us to organise the first of our community days out to Chester Zoo which was designed to provide affordable social opportunities for both families and single members of the community who through low incomes or poverty would not be able to enjoy opportunities to interact with others and build lasting friendships and memories.
September 2018 we began our drop in services which enabled us to concentrate on providing a number of services and opportunities to our vulnerable members of the community including:
'Community Connection' our social prescribing advice service
'Hygiene packs' for individuals and families on a low income
School uniform and winter warmer schemes
'First Impressions Employment Initiative' providing advice and clothing in preparation for interviews
PIP advice and assistance with completing applications with support throughout the whole process
Affordable days out enriched with opportunities for socially isolated individuals and families who are on low incomes
Befriending initiative, providing support for socially isolated individuals, informal carers and the cared for
Currently all aspects of the project survive solely on the proceeds gained from our charity shop and through the hard work and dedication of the volunteers. Grandma's Attic has no paid staff.
Christmas Day see's the launch of our festive celebration which will provide food, drink, friendship and fun to 40 members of our community who usually are isolated throughout the year.
Our story does not stop here. We strongly believe that our project provides enrichment, support and endless health, mental and social well-being opportunities within our community and we will continue to surge forward to meet needs and guide individuals to not only access our services but to grow and develop skills in order to enrich their own lives independently.
We cannot do this alone: Please help us to help each other
We believe that all members of our community
deserve to feel valued,
can access services to alleviate isolation and poverty
and gain tools to develop both mentally & socially