Portadown Cares strives to help those in need. The work that we do in the shop is our only source of funding and we try our best to help as many families as possible. Each year, Portadown Cares launches a Hamper appeal to provide food and toys for those who may not be able to support themselves at this expensive time of year. In these hampers, there are ingredients to make a Christmas Dinner and some other luxuries including crisps, chocolate and tinned food. Local people in the community are invited to fill out nomination forms to nominate someone they believe would benefit from a Hamper, and the process is completely anonymous. We are often greeted by shocked and thankful faces as the people who receive the Hampers are completely unaware that they have been nominated, and are very grateful that they can have a Merry Christmas. If there are kids in the family, we try our best to provide a few bags of toys for the families to wrap up to have something under the tree.
This year we managed to make up and deliver over 140 hampers to the local people of Portadown. It took a lot of teamwork and coordination from our committee and volunteers to get these hampers ready to go. The public have been fantastic by donating toys and food for the hampers as well as showing their support and we just want to say a big Thank You to all who donated for this cause! Your continued support will help us to fund our Hamper Appeal in 2017!
It seems hard to believe, but we have been operating from our High Street Mall premises for 2 years now! And on the 19th July it will have been 3 years since the doors of the first Portadown Cares charity shop opened in the Mall, and it has been an incredible 3 years. During this time, we have seen our charity grow from a small group of 7 people with big dreams to a team of almost 30 including our committee members and volunteers as well as becoming an employer with 2 part-time staff running the shop. We have come a long way since Portadown Cares started around a kitchen table in 2010, and came into being as a legal entity in October 2012
We have been able to offer practical work experience to a number of people during this time – the long term unemployed, the over 50’s, teenagers looking for their first job, and people with a variety of learning difficulties. All of them have enriched our shop and gained something of value for themselves too. We have also run a large number of community events – cookery demonstrations, craft nights, pottery classes, first aid training, healthy living guidance – all free of charge to help promote education and social inclusion. We are also building up a bank of equipment which other local groups and charities can borrow – bouncy castles, character costumes, PA system, laptops, projector, catering equipment, two way radios – again, all free of charge. This is how we put something back into our local community by enabling them to run their own events without incurring hire costs for equipment.
None of this would be possible without the support of the wonderful people of Portadown who have purchased furniture, clothing and accessories from us, and to the equally magnificent people who have donated things for us to sell. We are here to put something back into our local community, and because of these two groups of people we are able to do just that. We firmly believe that charity begins at home, and home for us is Portadown. Thanks to everyone for all their help, assistance and encouragement, to our first landlords Irwins Bakery, our current landlords Brittas Properties, and to the management of the High Street Mall. Here’s to the next 2 years, and hopefully some big news coming soon……. watch this space!!!!
Portadown Cares is hosting a Strictly Come Dancing event on the 7th May in the Seagoe Hotel. The tickets will be £12 each and will be available for collection in the shop soon.
The event will benefit many different charities as each dancer is dancing for a charity of their choice and raising money via sponsorship for them. The dancers will have around 10 weeks of training before the event with the Kim Bailie School of Dance, and your support for them will be greatly appreciated!!!
There was a free healthy eating cooking demonstration held in the shop on the 6th May 2015. This was teaching people how to make some healthy, low fat foods. All participants received a bag of ingredients to make up their own meals.
Portadown Cares are delighted to announce the return of Charity Rocks! Once again two fabulous local groups Raid 51 and Flash Harry have agreed to play a charity concert for us. All proceeds from this will go towards the annual Christmas hampers for those in need in the local area, please show us your support by having a great night out while also supporting a fantastic cause!
Congratulations to our committee member Dwaine Smyth and sponsor Michael Dowell on the very successful opening night of the latest branch of The Elk and Clipper in Banbridge. Many thanks to Dwaine, Michael and Shane for the invitation and the craic, and to Juram for the music!!
For more information visit The Elk & Clipper facebook page: Here
Photos of young & old taken at on the 1st Anniversary of our shop being open. All photos are copyrighted and are the property of Portadown Cares, and may be freely downloaded/printed ONLY by those in the photos or their families for personal use only. Thank you for respecting this.
Volunteering information evening, Wednesday 12th March, Portadown Cares shop at 7.30pm, everyone welcome! We are in the process of registering for the Millennium Volunteers program, the certificates look great on a C.V. or UCAS application! #localicraigavon