Find out more about DIY store enterprise

ReStore, a charity which directly tackles poverty here in Northern Ireland by helping families improve their homes at low cost, is hosting a series of open breakfast events to help people learn more about this unique social enterprise.

ReStore shops in Lisburn and Ballymena will welcome guests on Friday 10 June 8.30 – 10am and Thursday 16 June 8.30am – 10am respectively. Members should RSVP to info@habitatireland.org or call 028 9263 5635.

The ReStore units are the invention of Habitat for Humanity, a social enterprise set up to help local people and the wider community. They are low-cost DIY stores that builds sustainable communities by diverting tons of reusable material from landfill. ReStore enables local people to improve their homes at a price they can afford, provides opportunities for volunteers of different abilities and backgrounds to grow in skills and confidence.

Everything sold in store is donated, and with no continuity of supply partners like Murdock’s Builders Merchants or B&Q don’t see ReStore as a competitor, but as a partner who can help achieve recycling targets by donating end of line stock. Materials donated are not further processed, but reused, which helps build a more sustainable future.

Since opening the first ReStore in Europe in 2012, Habitat for Humanity has seen substantial growth in its operations and there are now four ReStores in Northern Ireland, with the first in ROI opening in Drogheda last month and with further plans to scale across Ireland.