Are you ready for Battleshops?

This autumn, Capability Scotland is encouraging companies to sign up to the Battleshops challenge. Battleshops is a charity shop takeover challenge which gives you and your colleagues a chance to show off your creativity and entrepreneurial skills – each team will be allocated to one of our shops and will compete to see who can raise the most cash on the day. If the company you work for allows for a day out of the office to volunteer then this could be great way to use that day. You can find out more about Battleshops on our website:

Back in May, two teams from Standard Life took part in the first Battleshops challenge in Edinburgh. One of the teams took over our shop on Nicolson Street, while the other went out to our branch in Corstorphine. Their challenge was a great success, with fundraising events held in the lead up to the big day, loads of stock taken in to the shops and both teams doubling the sales made on the same day last year. I went out to meet each team to find out how they made their Battleshops challenge such a success. Here are some of their tips:

 Get organised ahead of your big day

There should be an element of fundraising and stock generation to any Battleshops challenge. We ask each team taking part to aim to raise £500 for Capability Scotland, through fundraising before and in the shop on the day. Our teams from Standard Life raised £400 ahead of their challenge by holding a bake sale and quiz at the office, giving them a great head start. This is also an excellent way to raise awareness and let your colleagues know what you are doing to support a great cause.

“I’m new to Standard Life so it seemed like a good opportunity to get involved with my colleagues and help a good cause.” Sally

Incorporate your interests

If you have creative hobbies, why not use these as part of your Battleshops challenge? Debby Kelly, who was part of the team who took over our Corstorphine shop, is a keen jewellery maker, so she entertained customers by holding an instore jewellery demonstration. The beautiful bracelets she made were available for sale and helped raise more money for Capability Scotland.

“It’s enjoyable to design your own window display, and to have Debs making jewellery. You get to meet new people, and you are helping a great cause.”Yvonne Murray, Standard Life

The better the donations, the more money you raise!

The team who took over our Costorphine branch managed to get hold of some brand new Frozen dolls, still in their original packaging, which were nabbed by a passing customer almost as soon as they were placed in the window! The better quality of the items collected for your challenge the more likely you are to perform well on the day. We ask you to try and generate 10 bags of donations per team member so encourage friends, family and colleagues to help with collecting donations, and remind them that giving to a charity shop isn’t just about getting rid of old rubbish!

“I’ve got a disability, rheumatoid arthritis, which is an invisible disability. We had a few choices, but I immediately wanted to support Capability Scotland. When you’re affected by disability, it makes you think. We’ve really enjoyed the challenge. The folk at work have been so good. My friends and family donated masses of stuff – it was about 20 bags. And that’s good because then others get involved in the cause too.” Debby

Would you and your colleagues like to take part in a Capability Scotland Battleshops challenge? Please contact Lucy.Christopher@capability-scotland.org.uk