New premises for treasured mental health charity

At arc in Axminster are shop manager Jess Kielen, left, treasurer Gareth Pratt and shop manager Tania Young 

At arc in Axminster are shop manager Jess Kielen, left, treasurer Gareth Pratt and shop manager Tania Young - Credit: Suzanne McFadzean Photography 

Arc – Axminster’s unique mental health charity – was proud to re-open its charity shop in new premises in the town on April 22. 
Jess Kielen said: “South Street is the new home of arc’s charity shop, and we are all very excited to be in a more central position.  Whilst we were quite visible in our old location, we are hoping that the footfall on South Street will be much greater.” 
Jess added: “The new shop filled with a plethora of items and we look forward to welcoming shoppers and donors to the new premises.
Tania Young said: “Moving a shop is no easy task. Apart from just moving stock we have had to paint, decorate and design a new layout for the shop.  With the greater floor space we now hope that we will be able to undertake additional activities in the shop, such as make and mend, which will give us a whole new lease of life.’’
The new location also has a modest outside space and with the right volunteer to get it up and running, could become a lovely community garden growing a range fruit and vegetables. 
If you are interested in volunteering for this, or anything else to do with arc, please contact the team on 01297 639333. 
Arc provides easily accessible, flexible, local counselling and psychotherapy at the heart of the community. The service supports the personal recovery of local patients registered at Axminster Medical Practice, who are seeking help through times of profound change, trauma and loss. ​
Their independent team of experienced and qualified therapists is based at Axminster Medical Practice. Thanks to this unique, professional integration and collaboration, any GPs and health professional based there can refer someone to arc. 
Counsellors offer one to one sessions. They spend in-depth time with clients, looking at their needs and concerns.
The arc charity shop will be open Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 4 pm and on Saturday from 9.30am to 2pm. Please phone in advance to organise a drop-off of donations, using this number: 01297 639333.

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