Helping children and adults of all abilities to enjoy life together
We’re a charity shop with a difference! We run like any other charity shop, taking in donations and selling on, but the difference being we provide volunteering opportunities to people with disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health issues. Over 90% of our volunteers have some form of additional need that has had an impact on their confidence and working lives.
Here at the Phab Shop we aim to change that impact by boosting confidence and skills in a relaxed working environment.
All money raised goes directly into supporting our volunteers and our local youth group, Southend Junior Phab Club, allowing children of all abilities to come together on equal terms and enjoy fun team activities, arts and crafts and much more.
Our shop is located at the end of Rayleigh High Street (near Icelands): 157a High Street, Rayleigh, Essex SS67QA
Our Management and Volunteers
My name is Tina and I work as a Manager at The Phab Shop. I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to go to work each day and work with and help support, lots of wonderful young people and adults who face many challenges in life, to achieve their goals and dreams. What could be better than that!
I have been working as a manager at The Phabshop for a year and a half now, I can honestly say it is the most rewarding job I have ever done I am working with some amazing people that have overcome huge obstacles in their lives and continue to do so on a daily basis, but always come with work positive and with a big smile. Every day working here is a pleasure. We are a big happy family 🙂
Hi, my name is Amanda. I became involved with Southend Junior Phab as a volunteer as a teenager and I am now working in the Phab shop supporting our volunteers with day to day tasks. I thoroughly enjoy working in the shop and I feel privileged to be able to work with some wonderful people, watching their confidence grow and personalities shine!
Hi I’m Jenny, I set up The Phab shop in 2012 with an idea, passion and crossed fingers! I wanted to set up a self-sustaining charity, a charity that didn’t rely on grants to run, where adults with additional needs can boost their self-confidence and gain experience and skills. The shop is a platform for people to show hidden talents and show the world what amazing things people can do when given the opportunity to shine!
Having this little voluntary job means such a lot to me, it gives me a feeling of self-worth and the fact we are helping a charity makes me feel like I am putting something back into the community.
Elise and EMMA
jen & eleanor
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We value all our customers, donators and supporters! Without you The Phab Shop wouldn’t be able to do the valuable work it does.
See below how you can get involved, from donating those unwanted items, raising money or volunteering from only a couple of hours a week.
How You Can Help?
There’s always plenty to do in our shop with roles to suit everybody, including sorting and processing donations, helping customers, supporting other volunteers and operating the till.
If you have an eye for design you could try arranging the shop or a window display. You don’t need any special skills, and volunteering in our shop will enable you to meet lots of different people, be a valued member of a team and learn new skills.
If you’re interested in applying for a role as a charity shop volunteer come in and say hello and pick up a form!
What we can sell
Good quality, clean clothing and shoes (including vintage and retro items)
Bags and accessories
CDs, vinyl, DVDs, Blu-rays and musical instruments
Homewares: china, kitchenware, ornaments, pictures, collectables
Soft furnishings: small rugs, linen, curtains, blankets, bedding (must be clean and in good condition)
Toys, games and puzzles
Stamps and coins
We also welcome any old clothes or textiles that are no longer usable, as we can still raise money from them by selling to textile merchants.
What we can’t sell
Anything broken, dirty, incomplete or unsafe
White goods (cookers, washing machines etc)
Safety headgear (e.g. motorcycle crash helmets)
Children’s car seats
Food and drink
Used duvets and pillows
If you are unsure about any item please just ask in store or call us on 01268 928078!
If you would like raise money for us by planning an event, undertaking a sponsored activity or even just donating money please come in and speak to one of our managers who will be happy to help or contact us using the form below and we will get back to you asap. We are extremely grateful to anyone who is able to give up their time and arrange fundraising for us and we will help as much as we can!
Show your support
Come in, have a look around and say hello! You never know what treasures you will find! We keep our prices low so everyone can grab a real bargain!