Ryearch has helped with the refurbishment of Shekinah Mission’s charity shop in Hyde Park, Plymouth, as part of a project led by the Arts University Plymouth.

Pictured (left to right): Stephen Felmingham (Pro Vice-Chancellor at Arts University Plymouth), Sharon (Charity Shop Manager), Ciaran Curtis (Contracts Manager) & Jenny Evans (University Lecturer)

Arts University Plymouth set their second year Fashion Media & Marketing students the challenge to design the store makeover, as part of the module “Ideas & Audience”. This element of the course aims to enhance engagement with wider audiences.

The shop refit project was led by the University’s Fashion Media & Marketing Lecturer, Jenny Evans, who linked Ryearch with Shekinhah Mission, their charity shop staff and wider team of volunters.

One of Ryearch’s skilled carpenters constructed a display wall within the shop, while two members of our professional painting and decorating team transformed the shop’s interior over the course of three days.

Ciarán Curtis, Ryearch’s Contract Manager, said: “It was a pleasure working with Jenny and others on this project. Ryearch was very happy to play our part in supporting the vital work that Shekinah delivers, by providing the labour and paint pro bono.

The shop’s opening night was really memorable and it was great to get so much wonderful feedback about the quality of work that our team delivered.

Ryearch’s support of this project is part of our ongoing commitment to creating social value and giving back to our local communities. The charity shop’s Manager, Sharon, shared this feedback with us after the project finished:

“Thank you, thank you for everything your company has done to help our shop look wonderful again. We are incredibly grateful for your kindness. You and your team are always welcome to call in for a cuppa. Many thanks and best wishes.”