New charity shop to open in Honiton - and it will be entirely run by people with learning disabilities

PUBLISHED: 17:11 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 03 December 2018

(L-R) Support worker Jane Watts, David Goodfellow, support worker Hazel Carnall, Paul Anderson, activity leader Clare Jones, support worker Sam Farmer and Oliver Dickson. Picture: Callum Lawton

(L-R) Support worker Jane Watts, David Goodfellow, support worker Hazel Carnall, Paul Anderson, activity leader Clare Jones, support worker Sam Farmer and Oliver Dickson. Picture: Callum Lawton

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A charity shop set and run by people with a variety of learning disabilities will this Thursday.

Creative Opportunities for Independence (COFI), which is opening a shop on High Street, is part of My Support and Care Services, which earlier this year entered into a share-buy with fellow Honiton business Independence Enabling Ltd.

The new charity shop will sell furniture, ornaments and decorations, and let artists display and sell their work.

Lesley Barker, director of My Support and Care Services, said: “The guys have been working really hard and are very excited to show their public the outcome of their hard work.

“The shop is going to completely run by people with learning disabilities, with their support workers on hand to help.”

Lesley added that the venture will allow adults with learning disabilities to showcase their full potential and get on the right track to securing paid work.

For more information about My Support and Care Services, call 01404 42624.

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