Friday, 20 January 2017

Shocked (but maybe only a bit)

I was shocked to receive a message from my manager to say that after a visit from a surveyor (we have had trouble with the building for over a year) the shop is no longer insured and as of today it has closed, the managers have been made redundant and that's that. I'm not surprised it's come to this but not that it's just such an abrupt end.

It is such a relief to me that the manager had already secured a new job elsewhere as she has a young family and there has been no notice period. 

Bit annoyed I spent two hours yesterday changing the window displays though!

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  1. Wow, so abrupt. Do you volunteer or are you also staff there? If staff, how are you handling the change? so kind of you to think of the manager, and good for her that she had another opportunity.

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    1. I was a volunteer, everyone is so shocked it's hard to come to terms with it really, the shop has been there for over 25 years.

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  2. Wow, that was quick you would have thought some notice would have been given.

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    1. It was so quick. I suppose as soon as the legal people saw the surveyor's report they had to shut it down as the insurance was invalid. I don't think we've all taken it in yet.

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  3. Oh my, that was very quick.

    God bless.

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  4. Wow that was a shock for you all. I know you enjoyed and took pride in your work there xx

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    1. Yes, it was an important part of my week, I will certainly miss the other staff and most of the customers.

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  5. I'm not surprised that you're shocked, but not. From my own limited experience, maintenance of the actual shops themselves isn't always a high priority for charities. I'm sure there are many exceptions though.

    Will you be looking for another volunteering opportunity?

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    1. The charity have been trying to get the landlord to fix the problems with the building for over a year but he has shown little interest until the legal team got involved. Some work had started this week but it was too little too late.

      I'm not sure what I'm going to do, there's a meeting on Monday so I'll see what the big boss has to say, what the future plans are etc. If I don't like the sound of that I might look for something totally different.

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  6. When things close it often happens quickly.

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    1. Yes, you can't trade without insurance, nothing anyone can do about it sadly.

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  7. When one door closes a better one opens, are you going to find a charity shop to go to now.

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    1. Thanks Dawn, it was weird to be mooching around other charity shops today thinking I don't have one of my own anymore!

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  8. That must have been a bit of a shock for it to happen so suddenly. What a shame. X

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    1. It really was, I think we all thought we were going to move to new premises because we all knew about the problems but this was a total shock.

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    1. It really is, it was a good shop, we made good money.

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  10. Good grief - bet that was horrible for everyone. That will change your day somewhat. Shame about the widow display. ...... on a different note, a book arrived today! Thank you! My veggie son and I have gone through and selected some we are going to try soon😊

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    1. So glad you've found a few things to try. I still make the chickpeas with rosemary, that's really nice.

      I think everyone is reeling from the news, it's just so sudden. It's sad that the group will be split up, I think some people might not take up another position and the rest of us will be scattered around. The shop has been there such a long time, as my manager said it's the end of an era.

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  11. That must have been a shock - I presume they are not going to look for alternative premises then - local councils often have reduced rents for charity shops.

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    1. I'll know more tomorrow but I assume they're not going to look for somewhere else in town, otherwise why make the managers redundant? The odd thing is that the area manager did seem to be thinking about a move so it's a bit confusing really.

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