Project information

Give Disabled Young People Life Opportunities!

The aim of our project is to enable young people with additional needs to engage in our community by using our Charity Outlet as a training facility to gain an NVQ’s in Customer Care and Retail, to have volunteer, work experience and employment opportunities to improve their future.

5 years

Charity information: Parc (essex)

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  • Need


    The core issue is the lack of training & employment opportunities for young people with additional needs, and the barriers they face, businesses are not willing to give them a chance.

    Our project offers them the opportunity to gain a qualification which will help them to find future employment. The Shop Mentor will support young people with additional needs through volunteering and work experience.


    The Shop Manager/Mentor will work alongside these young adults giving them individual day to day support to help them learn the role of a retail assistant, they will be encouraged to help plan and participate in the day to day running of the shop developing their skills.
    The shop provides an opportunity for them to learn skills such as: customer care, team work, organising stock, first aid, and handling money. They gain in confidence, their social skills improve, they build friendships.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide work experience for young people with additional needs.


    » The Shop Mentor will support young people giving them individual day to day support to help them learn the role of a retail assistant.

    What success will look like

    Significantly increase in the number of young adults with additional needs volunteering at the shop, we aim to offer 40 work experience opportunites.

  • Impact


    Reverse the gap in provision from the age of 16 years until they reach the adult services, there are very limited opportunities in this age group, it is our aim to enable them to gain life experience to be able to have choice and control over the decisions they will need to make when they reach adulthood.
    Track numbers that have gained employment, interview opportunities, gone on to further training or gained work experience in other local companies.


    The risk is lack of funding opportunities to help sustain the shop, decrease in local support with donations of items for the shop and a decrease in regular visitors to purchase merchandise.


    We provide a regular 6 month update on the process of the shop with example of recent successes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £69,778

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      Amount Heading Description
      £45,224 Salaries 1 Full time shop manager, 1 part deputy manager, 1 part time shop assistant
      £17,417 Rent Per year
      £2,302 Rates Per year
      £1,073 Insurance Buildings & Contents
      £1,717 Utilities Gas, Electric, Telephone
      £2,045 Sundries Bank charges, maintenance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Henry Smith Charity £15,500 Guaranteed
    Garfield Weston Foundation £7,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our charity shop is located in the market town of Braintree, Essex. It has a prime high street position and is very well supported by the local community. We have 2 market days where the shop is very popular.


    Young people with any type of additional need, who have very limited opportunities to gain work experience and life skills, to enable them to feel valued and to be able to contribute to our local community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully ran this shop for 5 years and have just signed a new lease for a further 5 years, we have extremely experienced, patient and compassionate staff that are dedicated to making life changing opportunities for young people with additional needs. We are a valued service by our local community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emma Frearson

    Shop Manager/Mentor

    Suzy Dodge

    Deputy Shop Manager/Mentor

    Layla Early

    Shop Assistant

This is how much PARC means to our families


We need this much income per month to be sustainable and to keep doing the great work we do.

"Every day in the shop is a joy; watching the young adults flourish in this environment is one of the most rewarding parts of each day. Providing somewhere that they can develop their skills and improve their confidence in a place that they feel safe and supported is at the heart of what we do."

Emma Frearson, Shop Manager/Mentor