Volunteers fired up after a booming start at pop-up shop Make Away in Brighton’s Lanes

Customers made away with their bespoke t-shirts at the Make Away pop-up shop in Brighton on Saturday, as part of unique offering Retail Ready People that gives young people the chance to set up and run shops in empty units in their town.

Live screen-printing in the shop window piqued the interest of passers-by in Brighton’s Lanes, who were then invited to customise their own t-shirts to take away, featuring designs from local Brighton artists.

Volunteers treated their customers to free pizza and serenaded them with live music while they created their t-shirts and shopped for other items including artists’ prints and hand-made jewellery.

The Make Away pop-up shop, which is the first in a series of pop-ups shops as part of Retail Ready People organised by Retail Trust and vInspired, will be open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am – 5pm for all of November. Evening workshops will bring the space alive in the evening: button-covering, felting, jewellery-making and screen-printing. Find out more at www.make-away.com or on Twitter @make_away and #retailready, or to register your interest for the workshops, please call 07792 855 867.

To see photos from the launch of Make Away, see www.retailtrust.org.uk/makeaway or to view a video to see how it all works, visit www.youtube.com/retailtrust.  

The next pop-up shop, Cosy Cove, as part of Retail Ready People will be opening in Enfield on 10 November at 11am where volunteers will be kitting out their public with essential toasty accessories like gloves, hoodies, and hats as well as skincare and homecare products from local suppliers.

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Make Away, Brighton, details:

Pop-up shop: Take-away do-it-yourself screen printed t-shirts, bags & cards and handmade artwork by local artists in Brighton. Featuring special events and workshops.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am - 5pm

Location: 18 Brighton Square, Brighton BN1 1HD – in the heart of the lanes

More details: Launch http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/107788432711795/?fref=ts, website http://www.make-away.com/

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

Anahid Basmajian, Marketing & Communications Manager at Retail Trust

abasmajian@retailtrust.org.uk or 0208 358 7277

Notes to Editors:

Retail Ready People
Delivered in partnership by vInspired and Retail Trust, Retail Ready People is a FREE 12-week skills development and volunteering programme which gives 16 – 25 year olds the chance to set up and run a high street shop in their local area. Retail Ready People provides training and support as well as practical skills and experience to help young people find out more about retail careers, progress and get promoted. www.retailtrust.org.uk/rrp

Retail Trust (registered charity numbers 1090136 and SC039684) is the only charity that looks after the needs of all 3 million people working in retail and currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses. www.retailtrust.org.uk

vInspired helps young people to discover the value of volunteering - for themselves and for others. It uses the power of online to inspire offline actions - offering easy-to-access opportunities and support for young people to get involved with good causes in their communities.  Since its launch in May 2006, vInspired has worked with over 500 charities and community organisations and 200 businesses to create over 1 million youth volunteering opportunities.  www.vinspired.org

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Retail Trust (registered charity numbers 1090136 and SC039684) is the only charity that looks after the needs of all 3 million people working in retail and currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses. The Retail Trust Helpline is a free and confidential service that provides vital support and a range of services including: free counseling, free legal advice, free debt advice, redundancy support through their ReWork programme, hardship grants, course funding, as well as retirement housing for retired retailers throughout the UK. The Retail Trust Helpline can be accessed online at www.retailtrust.org.uk/help, by calling 0808 801 0808, emailing helpline@retailtrust.org.uk or by texting the word ‘HELPLINE’ to 88010* with any request or query. In the past year alone, requests coming through to The Retail Trust Helpline for counselling have increased by 125%. Retail staff needing debt advice has increased by 50%. Requests for redundancy support are up 40%, and demand for critical incident support has grown by a massive 229%. ReWork is a Retail Trust service for people who have been made redundant from retail. The programme (worth over £1,000) helps users identify a career path that suits their needs and can help find potential employers. ReWork offers access to a free Guide to Resolving Redundancy, free Personal Career Coaching and Resolving Redundancy Workshops. The Retail Trust Employee Assistance Programme is the only EAP that is designed specifically for retailers by retailers and is run exclusively for retail and associated businesses. Retail Trust currently has over 120 EAP partners throughout the retail sector and associated businesses and currently looks after over 777,000 staff. www.retailtrust.org.uk/eap www.retailtrust.org.ukwww.youtube.com/retailtrustFollow us on twitter @RetailTrustLike us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RetailTrust