Pictured with the award are (l. to r.): Carmel Banks, Yvonne Hynes, Lorna Egan and Tara Mooney.
VINCENT'S charity shop in in Banagher has won the best window display in the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Mid West Region at the national award for SVP shops.
The competition was held in May this year around the theme of ‘Creating a Sustainable Environment'
The awards were announced following an SVP one-day retail conference held in Derry last month. The conference theme was how retail can be community based, help reduce poverty and operate in a real sustainable manner.
There are over 234 SVP shops throughout Ireland, trading under the ‘Vincent's’ name. Vincent’s shops are a hugely important aspect of the service SVP provides to those who seek its assistance. Not only do the shops provide goods at affordable prices and help reconnect people, disconnected by poverty, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is directed back into the local communities.
Vincent’s are also committed to the concept of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle by recycling 97% of donated items.
Dermot McGilloway, SVP National Retail Development manager said, “This Conference provided the opportunity for the volunteers and staff throughout our network to reflect on the importance of Vincent’s in our communities by providing a great customer service ethic which also generate financial support to their local Conferences, and at the same time taking visible action on sustainability.
“We believe that we have taken a lead role in our sector in meaningfully promoting the circular economy and are committed to tackling the twin problems of social deprivation on the one hand and the environmental damage caused by the excessive consumption of fast fashion on the other.
The conference had an international input with the keynote speaker Dave Barringer, CEO of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in the USA.
Another speaker was Richard Moore, founder and CEO of Children in the Crossfire. Moore is a motivational speaker who was blinded at the age of 10 when hit by a rubber bullet. The mission of Children in the Crossfire is to work with others to tackle the injustices of poverty affecting children in Derry and overseas. One of his key messages was that “forgiveness is a gift that you give to yourself”.
Also speaking was Matthew Hopkinson, managing director of Didobi, a UK based specialist on data for business and state sectors including retail.
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