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 place where they can find meaningful occupation and 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

  • jerseys
  • warm jackets
  • tracksuits
  • socks
  • slippers
  • pyjamas
  • shoes
  • underwear
  • fashion jewellery, hair elastics, scarves etc


  • duvet covers
  • pillowslips
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • duvet inners and pillows
  • tablecloths
  • dishtowels

Crockery, pots and cutlery

  • plates, sideplates, bowls etc
  • coffee mugs
  • glasses
  • pots
  • cutlery

KIDS / Toys + Clothes

  • soft toys, puzzles etc
  • clothes
  • books


  • household
  • office furniture


  • kettles
  • toasters
  • irons
  • washing machines
  • microwaves
  • televisions


  • Cell phones
  • Radios
  • Hi-Fi systems
  • Alarm clocks

Sports equipment

  • Bats and balls
  • Surfboards & wetsuits
  • Sports shoes and clothing
  • Bicycles