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Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, visited the social enterprise which is directly tackling poverty in the Lisburn area.

ReStore Volunteers Sharon, Imelda and Lesley with Mayor Andrew Gowan

4TH JUNE, LISBURN – Every year, the first week of June is designated ‘Volunteers’ Week’, an opportunity to celebrate the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK.

On Tuesday, the Mayor visited to meet and thank some of the volunteers who, together with local people from across Ireland, give more than 4,000 hours a month to support ReStore’s mission.

By selling donated new and used building and home improvement materials ReStore enables local people, in Lisburn and other ReStore communities, to improve their homes at low cost. ReStore also diverts more than 2,000 tons of reusable waste from landfill every year and provides skills and employability training for people of all ages and backgrounds.

David Morrow, ReStore Manager, said, “We so much appreciate the Mayor visiting ReStore to learn more about the impact volunteering has for people and the community here in Lisburn. Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities make ReStore work, there is a role for everyone, from customer service to helping collect donations in the lorry and we’d love to hear from more local people who want to get involved.”

Cllr Andrew Gowan, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said, “My Mayoral theme for the year has been to celebrate and promote volunteering, and the hugely positive contribution volunteering plays within our community in Lisburn and Castlereagh."

"Here at Habitat ReStore the team relies on the support of so many volunteers, helping the charity to support the local community through retailing a wonderful selection of items in store. They also provide tailored support to those setting up home who just need that little bit of extra help. It is truly life-changing support."

"I want to thank the volunteers and staff here at ReStore for the impact they have on our city and community. I would also encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to consider Habitat ReStore - you will be made most welcome and part of something special.”

Learn more about how you can make a difference in your local community by getting involved with ReStore here.

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