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The Allsorts shop provides the opportunity for you to develop your confidence skills, gain experience in retailing and act as a preparatory step towards voluntary/paid work in a similar setting e.g. charity shops, market stall, or mainstream work. 

What we do

  • Working as part of a supervised team.
  • Arrange collection of good quality items which have been donated by members of the community. These include: clothing, household items, and bric a brac.
  • Carry out tasks such as: sorting, pricing, displaying, and selling goods.
  • Organise fetes, bazaars, and auctions at PRDC & outside venues.
  • Hold meetings to organise job roles and discuss developing the shop.

What’s in it for me? 

We can support you in identifying needs and goals specific to your individual recovery.

  • You will have the opportunity to work in all aspects of the shop in order to find out what area best suits you.
  • Your views and ideas for the shop will be valued and where appropriate be included.
  • We can support you in identifying training that will support you to continue in your progress.
  • We can support you to identify relevant courses or voluntary/paid work in a similar field.
  • We can provide you with a reference when applying for the above.


  • Learn new skills or rediscover old ones that may not have been used for a while.
  • Learn about retail or share your skills from working in retail.
  • Learn about the importance of good customer care.
  • To experience working in an environment that is supportive.
  • Provide a service to the local community.          
  • To build on your confidence and self esteem.                         

What can I progress on to?

  • Similar work in the community.

Apply to college in order to gain a qualification in retail, or another course of your choice. 

What do you expect from me?

  • Regular attendance.
  • To show commitment to the project.
  • To work towards your identified goals.

To work in line with health and safety rules.

If you want the information offline, download a copy of the Allsorts leaflet.


Email: Adrian.Earles@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7364 1182