Friends of Valkenberg Trust

Supporting Recovery


Friendly Shop

The Friendly Shop is a place where service users and staff can make purchases for a minimal cost in a therapeutic and safe environment.  It plays an important role in the morale of service users, allowing them to socialise and get out of the ward, and affords a shopping experience that they otherwise would not have while receiving treatment.  Service users are able to learn about managing money and budgeting. 

This project has been extended to include a skills development component to it.  Service users are offered the opportunity to learn retail skills like customer service, food preparation, use of a till, and stock control which will equip them for employment opportunities after discharge.

Other service users volunteer in the Shop as a way to give back to their community.  Service users find great support and encouragement here, growing in self-esteem and confidence.

Please support this project by donating any old/new home or office items or stock including:

Clothing, Shoes and Accessories


Crockery, cutlery and other kitchenware

Kids / Toys + Clothes

Furniture (household & office)

Appliances (Large and small household & office)

Technology & Music equipment

Sports equipment

Office equiment and supplies