Aberdeen Cyrenians has teamed up with a group of students from the University of Aberdeen, to bring the world’s first rent free, premises free, and cost free pop-up shop to the north-east.
The initiative, called The Street Store, originated in South Africa in 2014, and has since spread worldwide. Events have taken place in Manchester and London, but this is the first time the pop-up shop has come to Scotland.
The idea behind The Street Store is that anyone who is homeless or struggling financially can come along on the day, browse the clothing on offer, and leave with a completely new outfit free of charge.
Aberdeen University student Niki Lacey heard about the initiative online and decided to bring it to Aberdeen.
“I initially came across the Street Store initiative through Facebook,” she said.
“After watching the video sowing other Street Store events from around the world, I realised that Aberdeen would be the perfect place for the first event of this type in Scotland.
“I’ve lived in Aberdeen for three years, studying here, and really have loved every minute of it. I’ve always wanted to do something for the city and the simple but effective Street Store format is the perfect opportunity.
“Aberdeen Cyrenians is the ideal charity to partner with on this project. Hopefully the day will complement the fantastic work it does in the city. It would be amazing if this eventually turned into the first of many such events in Aberdeen and beyond.”
The Street Store will take place on the upper deck of the St Nicholas Centre on Saturday 28th March. It will run from 12pm until 5pm around the bandstand. For more information visit www.thestreetstore.org or http://on.fb.me/1xFEf7m