Second Chance offers skills

The Mayor of Ballymoney, Alderman Bill Kennedy, officially cuts the tape on Ballymoney's latest charity shop, 2nd Chance, which sells recycled and repaired furniture.Included is project manager Jason Lodge as well as Trustees and volunteers
The Mayor of Ballymoney, Alderman Bill Kennedy, officially cuts the tape on Ballymoney's latest charity shop, 2nd Chance, which sells recycled and repaired furniture.Included is project manager Jason Lodge as well as Trustees and volunteers

A new charity shop just opened in Ballymoney will give an opportunity for many in the Borough to develop new skills.

2nd Chance Furniture are showcasing their goods in premises on Church Street and, in addition, workshops have been established at the Acorn Centre in the town as well as in Coleraine focusing on recycling and repairing furniture.

The aim of 2nd Chance is to offer a wide range of programmes to help individuals grow in confidence, motivation, self-belief and to have the opportunity to learn new skills which will help them gain employment in the future and improve their quality of life.

The organisation which is a social enterprise of the charity, Ashes to Gold, also offer work placements in their workshops, recycling centre and in the retail outlet.

Donations of unwanted pre-owned household items, mostly furniture, are taken and then either cleaned, repaired, upcycled or recycled and subsequently sold. Work will also be undertaken on customers’ own items to have them refurbished, repaired or simply cleaned up.

2nd Chance work with a number of organisations including Cedar Foundation, Mencap and the Probation Service and a number of volunteers are on hand to impart skills and provide full training.