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Corporate Support #Passitonweek

Capability Scotland has 15 shops all over Scotland.  Some in city centre locations like Nicolson Street in Edinburgh and some in pretty market towns like Haddington.

Every shop is unique but what they all have in common is their reliance on your donations to help raise vital funds to support disabled adults and children across Scotland.

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With that in mind we want to make it as easy as possible for you give us your preloved clothes, books, toys and bric-a-brac.  We know that if you’re walking or using public transport or if there’s no handy parking spots available close by it can be tricky to get a bag of clothes or crockery to your local Capability Scotland shop.

Which is why, during this year’s ‘Pass It On Week’ – Scotland’s National Week for encouraging people to keep things in use for as long as possible –  we’re coming to you, or more accurately, your workplace.

We’re asking organisations and businesses to consider arranging an on-site donation drive so that you can take your donations into work and we will pick them up from there.

Bags of Support from Standard Life

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We first realised the potential in this method when we launched our Bags of Support campaign last year.  We put out a call to action to try and collect 10,000 bags of donations throughout January.  Our offices and services are hard wired to support us but we noticed what a great response we got when we asked for donations to be brought into work during a certain week while we did the rest.  Taking the hassle out of donating seemed to be the answer.

Buoyed by our theory we asked Standard Life, our Charity Partner, to get involved across their Edinburgh offices.  Standard Life was more than happy to take part but the test was on as their employees don’t drive to work, so we weren’t sure how it would work out.  We needn’t have worried though, in just a week we had over 100 bags waiting for us.  We had everything from small carrier bags, bags for life, bin bags and boxes crammed with donations all of which totalled well over £2,500 – a fantastic sum which will really help us support disabled adults and children in Scotland.

What Next?

So, you want to make a difference to disabled people in Scotland by organising a workplace donation? What do you need to do now?

It couldn’t be easier just follow these three easy steps;

  1. Ask your boss’ permission, how could they say no? it’s for  such a good cause and ticks the CSR box.
  2. Find a spare corner/cupboard/area to stash donations. Under your desk will do it’s only for a week.
  3. Let us know what you’re doing. We can provide you with posters, postcards, collection boxes to help you spread the word and make bringing in a bag as easy as possible, hec we’ll even provide the bags which come with a handy Gift Aid sign-up sheet to make your donations worth an extra 25%.

We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to organise a workplace collection for us.  If you have more than one office you can turn it into a competition to see who can bring in the most bags.  Go on, give us a call, your wardrobe will thank you for it.

For more information or to arrange a workplace collection place call Sophie Wilbraham on 0131 347 1075 or email sophie.wilbraham@capability-scotland.org.uk

Sophie’s style file: #Christmas Sparkle

I return to my computer for another style file and find myself drawn to discussing the weather again, well we’re British after all. With Autumn officially over, we’re again fixated in analysing how quickly the nights turn black, despairing at the time you have to put the heating on, and the old favourite, ‘you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark!’ And so, as the weather gets more miserable I seek solace by turning my attention to the fun that lies an advent calendar away.

Tis the season to party!

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning for party season. December always seems a time for me when I’ve got a lot on but not necessarily with the same crowd which means I can make do with one or two outfits for all my festive nights out. I do like to pick up something new though, and given how expensive Christmas can be, charity shopping can be a no brainer.

If you could see through to the back of a Capability Scotland charity shop you’d see we have pens with bags all piled up of sorted stock with ‘winter’ ‘summer’ and even ‘Christmas’ on them. We try and save things to make them season appropriate and to look more appealing. That’s not to say a rogue volunteer won’t try (and succeed) in sneaking a bikini out in November, but generally it’s not a coincidence that come December 1st all the sparkly dresses come out just like the other high street shops.

Dress up at dress down prices

To kick off this month of festive finery Capability Scotland is launching its #Christmas Sparkle event in its Morningside and Stockbridge shops starting this Friday (27th November).

In Stockbridge you’ll find dozens of little black dresses as Patsy our shop manager came over all Audrey Hepburn. In our Morningside shop Lisa has been saving the most amazing party frocks and gowns in all the colours of the rainbow and is encouraging shoppers to ‘dress up at dress down prices.’

Examples of the fabulous bargains to be found during the promotion includeI the most amazing BCBG Max Azria black dress (above) From the delicate lace capped shoulders to the flamenco style skirt, this dress is slightly unusual but has fashion staying power well beyond turkey and tinsel time. The detachable belt means you can add a pop of colour or toughen up the look with something more substantial. New, this dress would have cost over £300 but you can pick it up at a fraction of the price at our Stockbridge shop this weekend.

So what are you waiting for get yourself along to our Morningside and Stockbridge shops and get your #ChristmasSparkle on

Happy Shopping and Happy Christmas!

 

 

 

Sophie’s style file: Awkward Autumn

After a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ summer, (I missed it) there’s no avoiding the fact that now we’re officially in Autumn and are careering at varying speeds towards the colder weather.  I say varying speeds because as I write this I’m looking out on a glorious morning with not a cloud in the sky, but I’m not naïve enough to think this will last all day and my trusty brolly is propped up patiently, but perfectly poised, ready for the inevitable lunch time dash when the good weather decides it’s had enough and normal service is resumed.

Blazing style

It’s under this (literal) cloud of climatic confusion that I write my first ‘style file’ post.  How on earth to make it through Awkward Autumn without getting soggy feet when you are still being cocky in your peep toes, or sweating cobs when you decide layers are the answer to the changing seasons? I can’t help on the shoes, I have at least 5 pairs under my desk to cover all eventualities, but my other tactic, invest in a blazer.  The right stylish, warm, smart, comfy, versatile piece gets me through the seasons with minimal requirement for back up clothing to adorn the office.  I’ve gone for inoffensive navy blue which goes with everything and depending on the weather and occasion I’ll either add a cosy cashmere scarf or a bright silk one, which serves no other purpose than to look pretty and to do its best to slip off the back of chairs every time I dare to take it off.

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I like to think of investment pieces on a cost per use basis.  It helps me justify big purchases.  FYI, into that category I’d also throw; a great pair of jeans, winter boots, a proper winter coat, sunglasses that actually suit me, nude pumps….ok I can basically justify anything, but the point is, I could have paid £100s for my blazer and on a cost per use basis I’d be on pennies.

Royal fashion at realistic prices

Fortunately you don’t have to pay £100s in our shops, someone else has already done that and then kindly donated them to us for you to discover.  Starting this Friday, 2nd October and throughout the month, we’re celebrating Awkward Autumn with a blazer event in our Stockbridge shop in Edinburgh.  We’ve got dozens of blazers from some amazing designers including Ralph Lauren, Aquascutum, Jaeger and many more.

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My absolute favourite is this stunning and immaculate Katherine Hooker woollen blazer with leather trim.  This wasn’t a designer I was instantly familiar with but could tell the quality straight away and so did a bit of research.  If you haven’t heard of her, google her immediately, the Duchess of Cambridge is a big fan.

Our Blazing Style event will be on in our Stockbridge shop from Friday 2nd October.