Donated items are given a new lease of life when sold in our three charity shops in Plumstead, Poplar, and Lee. This helps us to provide a home for as long as needed to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

However, while our social enterprise thrives because of donations, we would like to remind the public that we cannot accept all items, for a variety of reasons including space, demand, or damage, amongst others.

Items we can take:

  • Good quality furniture
  • White goods: fridges, freezers, washing machines, small household appliances
  • Electrical items: TVs, gaming consoles, DVD players
  • Soft furnishings, mattresses, sofas. These must have a valid Fire Safety label still attached to each item (see below)
  • Bric a brac: China, glassware and kitchenware
  • Books: Good condition paperbacks, coffee table books, hardbacks, academic, rare, collectors and children’s and we love any 1st editions
  • Textiles: Curtains, household linens, fabric, and clothes
  • Garden: Garden tools, wheel barrows etc
  • Arts & crafts: Sewing machines, wool, fabric, art supplies etc
  • Small musical instruments
  • Records, CDs, DVDs

Items we cannot take:

  • Gas appliances (we are not Corgi registered)
  • Foam backed carpets
  • Pianos (Health and Safety issue. Too heavy for our van crews to move safely)
  • Items without the relevant fire/safety labels required by law
  • Flat packed MDF furniture (Bits get separated or broken, and items become unsaleable)
  • Items that are not ‘fit for purpose’ due to damage or missing parts
  • Safety equipment: crash helmets (we cannot test and guarantee the integrity of these items)
  • Ladders
  • Soft toys and games that do not have CE labels (items without CE label do not meet legal requirements)
  • Gas bottles, paint, paraffin, petrol, aerosols or other flammable substance (Health & Safety)
  • Baby equipment, cots, prams, highchairs, walkers, car seats, etc
  • Items that have rips, tears, stains, marks or damage that will make it difficult to sell in our shops.