A call has gone out for more donations of any type for a local social enterprise set up to help local people. Demand for second hand goods has never been higher at More Time, and a steady stream of customers at the showroom in the DISC headquarters next to the Blue Bridge in Newton Aycliffe means they need more good quality second-hand goods. Dawn McCreanor, Manager at More Time, said: “We’re always looking for more furniture, DVDs, books and bric-a-brac as well as white goods and other electricals which are all tested on site. These are sold on to local people who may need quality items but prefer not to buy them in the shops. We’re keen to receive any type of saleable donation that is no longer needed. We offer a free collection service and are happy to travel to collect suitable items.” All the money raised from the sale of these goods goes back into the More Time service, helping local people develop new skills in retail, sales and cleaning, with the aim of them securing employment in the future. Opportunities are also available for local people to develop skills in catering within the More Time Café based alongside our furniture showroom.

The café serves hot and cold food available for take away or eating in. Dawn said “If anyone is struggling with low confidence, this is an excellent place to volunteer to work alongside a great group of people who make you feel really welcome.” People who would like to donate household goods or are interested in volunteering opportunities are encouraged to telephone 01325 731294. More Time is based at The IES Centre – Horndale Avenue, Aycliffe Business Park (near the Blue Bridge), The More Time Furniture Scheme is open Monday to Saturday between 9am until 4pm. More Time Furniture Scheme provides good quality second-hand furniture at reasonable prices, enabling local people to source the furniture they need, with a cost effective delivery option for those people who don’t have access to a delivery van.  It also provides fully certified house clearance services for those people who need to have bulky/unwanted items removed from their property