Happy New Year from all of us at Instant Neighbour! We hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and managed to stay safe and healthy. We opened our doors for 2022 at our St Machar Drive HQ on the 5th of January and are full of enthusiasm for the coming year. Looking back, 2021 saw the message to ‘shop local to support local’ emphasised across all sectors; retail in particular as small businesses targeted local communities to help keep them trading. Charities have been crying out for volunteers and donations as increasing numbers of people have found themselves in need of support. We really appreciate the support from the local community both in AB24 and further afield from the wider Aberdeen community. We love catching up on your news when you pop into the shop to pick up a bargain and are eternally grateful to those of you who pop in with cakes and treats to keep us going. A huge thank-you to you all for your ongoing support and custom as well as your donations of items for reuse encouraging sustainability and helping AB24 go One Step Greener.
We’re in the middle of implementing as many changes as possible to ensure that as a charity, we’re as green as we can possibly be. Our shops sell reuse items which are often one-off unique products. Every time you shop with us, upcycling these items, you’re not only getting better quality items for less money, but you’re being kind to the planet by diverting that item from landfills.
We’re your local charity and we’re here to support the local community. The profits generated by selling reuse items in our shops are ploughed straight back into the charity to support our charitable enterprises – our Giving Tree, and our Food Bank. In December 2021, through the Instant Neighbour Giving Tree Christmas appeal and the gifts we received both from profits generated in the shop and from donations by the wider Aberdeen community, 3684 children were supported and received gifts to open on Christmas Day. Our Food Bank is open Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm and 2pm-4pm all year, but in December, our food bank handed out 595 food parcels thanks to the generosity of the local community and profits generated through our shops.