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Kids Stuff on a mission to support families in need

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A social enterprise shop with a mission to support local families within the Stroud District has reopened.

Kids Stuff, based at Brimscombe Port, is part of the Grace Network, which includes other social enterprises such as The Long Table, Stroud District Furniture Bank and Bike Drop.

Caroline West, shop lead at Stroud District Kids Stuff, said: “We are on a mission to support local families through the recycling of preloved toys and clothes. Since the first lockdown, we have been lucky enough to increase the size of our shop. 

Anna Lewis, project coordinator and eBay station lead, packing items ready to be shipped. Picture: Carl Hewlett/Hewlett Photography & Design
Anna Lewis, project coordinator and eBay station lead, packing items ready to be shipped. Picture: Carl Hewlett/Hewlett Photography & Design

 And the shop has something for every young family, Caroline added: “We have a shop that sells preloved children’s clothing (0-11 years), toys, maternity clothing, and baby equipment. We keep our pricing low to make it accessible to all. Our shop is open every Friday and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.”

Stroud District Kids Stuff located at Brimscombe Port. Picture: Carl Hewlett/Hewlett Photography & Design
Stroud District Kids Stuff located at Brimscombe Port. Picture: Carl Hewlett/Hewlett Photography & Design

Kids Stuff can also provide a voucher system, Caroline added: “If money is a barrier, we have a referral system for families in need. They can get referred by local organisations to get items for free or a voucher to purchase items from the shop.

“We are extremely lucky that the local community supports us by donating their pre-loved items. Without this support, we wouldn’t be able to support local families. We are open for donations on Mondays and Fridays from 10-12. 

Nancy Lee, warehouse manager, sorting through items that have been donated. Picture: Carl Hewlett/Hewlett Photography & Design
Nancy Lee, warehouse manager, sorting through items that have been donated. Picture: Carl Hewlett/Hewlett Photography & Design

Kids Stuff also has an eBay shop (https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/kidsstuffstroud) this helps to fund the project. 

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