Add a sprinkling of SALT to your Christmas shopping and you could be helping to fund a worthy cause to benefit local people.
The new charity shop in Falsgrave Road called SALT - for Scarborough and Locals Together - launched on Saturday with the aim to feed all its profits directly back into the community.
Set up and run by Rosemary Forrest and Veronica Thorpe, the shop invites people to apply, through a third party, for a share of funds.
Publicity officer Sonia Swales said: “It’s purely for local people in Scarborough, Filey and surrounding villages.
“So far we’ve had a fabulous response and really positive feedback from everyone. On the first day we had people queueing outside the door.
“We’re the first shop of this kind in Scarborough. The nearest one to here is Leeds which has been open 20 years and is very successful.
“All profits from the shop will go to our local community in the form of goods, but a third party needs to be involved.”
Benefactors must be referred to SALT by a recognised third party group or organisation in order to be considered for a share of the charity coffers.
“It could be the emergency services, social services, hospital, health groups, public services and community groups for example,” added Mrs Swales. “We want to help everybody. People could ask us to provide heaters for the elderly, household items for people in need, mattresses and bedding or school uniforms for children.
“Over time we’ll be helping different people in different ways and we hope agencies in Scarborough will know that were here and will apply to us.
“We wish to thank everybody for the donations we’ve had up until now and hope more people will come and support us.”
Rosemary Forrest added: “It’s a community shop that’s going to give the profits exclusively to people in the community.
“People have been very generous with donations so far, which can be turned into funds, but without donations we can’t do it.”
The shop operates on an entirely voluntary basis and is currently run by two managers and 12 volunteers.
SALT anticipate that it will take 12 months to build up a sizeable fund before regular handouts can be offered, although it hopes to make some smaller donations before this time.
Decisions on handouts will be decided by the charity shop’s trustees and others involved.
The shop premises was home to a second-hand shop for the past six months, and empty for several years previously.
It now sells items including clothing, small furniture, toys, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, accessories, shoes, electrical items, and soft furnishings.
SALT is currently seeking more volunteers to help out for three- six hours a week. Anyone interested is welcome to call into the shop, opposite the Commercial, for more information.