Dyslexia, the Education System and Life in general

SOS!SEN – ‘All4Kids’ Children’s Charity Shops

on May 7, 2015

My kids say I’m a bit of a hoarder, but every now and then things get too much and I have a big clear out.  I have always donated my excess treasures to local charity shops, as it makes the process feel twice as good; because I know I am helping good causes and making room at home again.

Once I have dropped off my donations, I feel it would be rude not to have a browse.  There are always so many bargains to be had, and they are a real treasure trove for things that you just wouldn’t find in ordinary shops.


I have been very happy in the Clothing Department at Sainsbury’s for the last five years, but when I saw the position advertised to work in a brand new Children’s Charity Shop in New Malden to raise awareness and funds for SOS!SEN, I had to apply.  Before I had time to blink, I had an interview, was offered the job and then found myself (with very watery eyes) standing in the HR office handing in my notice.

I am so excited that I have now got the opportunity to make a difference, to help raise awareness and funds, so SOS!SEN can continue to help give advice and support to families of children with special educational needs.  Being in the shop gives me a chance to talk to parents, and to be a friendly face in the community.  Hopefully we can help parents feel not so alone, and point them in the right directions for support.

At this point I suppose I should point out that I am just a parent, that has been through the battle with the education system to get help for my dyslexic daughter, I am not an expert and all views are my own.

SOS!SEN already have a shop ‘All4Kids’ at 169b High Street, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NL.  So I am really excited to be part of the new venture.

‘All4Kids 2’ has now opened at 117 High Street, New Malden, KT3 4BP Tel: 020 3761 7320.  Please pop in for a browse or a chat.  At present in New Malden we are trying to be open from 10am to 4pm.

As we are so new we are still looking for Volunteers, so if you have a few hours spare please pop in and see us.

Also we are always in need of donations of; good quality clothes and shoes we can sell in our shop (we can also recycle damaged clothes), maternity clothes, toys, games, books, cots, buggies and equipment.

I am also being very cheeky and asking if anyone has a computer they would be willing to donate to the shop, this will be put to use to help us run efficiently, and in turn help SOS!SEN help more families.

Please view their website at www.sossen.org.uk to find out more about the charity.

Thank you x

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