Restore is a social economy project of East Belfast Mission. Social Economy is also known as “not-for-profit” as income is used to sustain and further develop social and environmental aims within an organisation rather than being distributed to financial investors. Restore sells a range of good quality second hand clothes, furniture, books, bric-a-brac, refurbished furniture and bikes and other household items such as mirrors and pictures.
To make a donation contact your nearest shop- click here for details
Volunteers are always needed in our shops. You can help with a range of tasks on the shop floor or behind the scenes, sorting stock, logging information, serving the public, answering the phone, pricing stock or operating the till. Contact your nearest shop for more information or use the contact box. We will be happy to hear from you.
Working in partnership with local councils
Restore has close partnerships with councils in Belfast, Larne, North Down, Craigavon ,Banbridge and Antrim. Working with the councils to reduce goods sent to landfill, Restore has a van dedicated to collecting bulky waste from recycling centres at various locations. If the items are in good enough quality for immediate resale they are taken directly to the restore shops to be sold. Alternatively, they are taken to refurb for a “make–over” and are then sold through restore. This partnership means that as a social economy project restore can work towards achieving their environmental goals.
This project involves the repair and refurbishment of bicycles. EBM were made aware that there were many good quality second hand bicycles being left at recycling sites and after successfully applying for funding through Rethink Waste, recycle was set up in 2011.
Bicycles are donated by the public and are collected from council sites or they can be donated directly to our network of shops . They undergo vital safety checks – 30+ checks are carried out on each bike – and once fixed are sent to the restore shops to be sold at very competitive prices.
So, if you have an old bike you can donate, please just leave them in with us!
If your bikes are in poor condition they are still acceptable as they can be stripped down for spare parts so clear out the garage, the shed or wherever those old bikes are hiding – recycle your bicycle!!
Several Methodist Churches have very kindly placed a clothing bank at their premises to collect essential donations for our clothes shops. The donations are collected by our vans on a weekly basis, sorted and then sold in our shops. .
Restore Area Manager Michael Sloan said “without the support of the churches we would definitely struggle to get the required amount of donations to stock our clothes shops . The public tend to hold onto items longer, probably due to the economic climate so we really do appreciate the vital support they continue to offer”.
Re furbishment Project
Restore works on a project known as the “Re furbishment Program "” The idea of this scheme is to work on good quality items of Furniture which need " brought back to life ". This initative sucessfully engages volunteers with learning difficulties and some long term unemployed to upskill the individuals , while creating bespoke pieces for sale in our network of shops .
This scheme is particularly popular with Corporate Team building events where our Warehouse Manager Mark Cooke supervises the participants to create their very own unique item .
This scheme has been on-going for several years now and is working very well for East Belfast Mission.