SHARE’S aims are simple - we support families in crisis and people who are homeless in North Wales and Cheshire and we assist refugees fleeing for their lives, wherever they are in the world.
In September 2015, the harrowing photograph of the tiny body of three-year-old Alyun Kurdi, washed up on a beach in the Mediterranean, spurred a group of ladies including Monica Hogg and Louise Edwards from the Mold area to ‘do something’ to make a difference to people fleeing for their lives from war torn Syria and Iraq.
They joined forces with Adam Dandy a Chester based businessman who was also collecting aid to send, and it was then that SHARE was born. Within weeks they were joined by like-minded businesses, schools, churches and other organisations and inundated with donations that were promptly sorted and sent where needed.
On the 16th of January 2016 SHARE opened a charity shop in Chester.
At SHARE Mold, volunteers receive, sort, pack and distribute all donations of clothing, footwear and other essential equipment, currently required by the refugee camps in Europe and further afield. SHARE coordinate their efforts with other refugee support organisations in the UK and abroad, to ensure that the right items are provided at the right time and to the right place. They also work with local agencies in North Wales, supporting families in crisis, by supplying them with basic household essentials, donated furniture, clothing, toys and baby/children’s items.
At SHARE Chester, volunteers help to raise valuable funds in their charity shop, by selling donations received that are not suitable for refugees or local homeless people. These items remain valuable to us because all funds generated from their sales are utilised to support the entire charity.
SHARE Chester also run a day centre which is open to our friends who are homeless, for hot meals, clothes and toiletries. It is also a place that offers support, activities, and help to meet people’s specific needs.
The SHARE team offer daily basic aid, but also help to empower people to positively move their lives forwards and engage with rebuilding their lives, or even volunteer on the SHARE team themselves.