'Bring a Bag to Work Day' supports dignity, independence and quality of life.

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Last Autumn Age UK Gloucestershire opened its first shop in the county. Located on Barton Street in Gloucester, the new shop has an attractive, modern interior and a wonderful selection of clothes, toys, books and bric-a-brac to buy.

Last month Home Instead Senior Care arranged a 'Bring a Bag to Work Day' and encouraged all Caregivers and office staff to clear out their wardrobes and cupboards, and bring all their unwanted items into the office to help support the new shop and Age UK Gloucestershire.

Director of Home Instead Amanda Hamer explained, "Although there are other Age UK shops around the county this is the first Age UK Gloucestershire shop which means that all money raised stays within Gloucestershire.

Age UK Gloucestershire provides excellent services for older people and it was great fun for our team, having a good clear-out at home and knowing that all donated items would at the end of the day be helping to support elderly people in Gloucestershire. Especially as any items which can't be sold can instead be recycled by Age UK Gloucestershire and for which they receive a grant - still generating income for good causes!"

Anyone with unwanted clothes, books, DVDs, CDs, children's clothes and toys, bric-a-brac and small items of furniture should take them along to the shop at 124-6 Barton Street, Gloucester or contact Debbie or Julie on 01452 310874. Alternatively, those interested in organising their own 'Bring a Bag to Work Day' should get in touch with Stuart Croft on 01452 310874, or email him at: stuart.croft@ageukgloucestershire.org.uk. Further details are available on the Age UK Gloucestershire website: www.ageukgloucestershire.org.uk.