Derwen College’s on-site charity shop, The Vintage Advantage, offers shoppers a range of pre-loved bargains.
The charity shop provides work experience to our students who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Students on Derwen’s Retail and Enterprise pathway support staff in sorting, pricing and displaying goods, and learn new sales and marketing skills.
The Vintage Advantage opened its door in April 2021 and featured on ITV’s Central News programme.
The Covid-19 pandemic had prevented students getting any off-site work placements since March 2020. After receiving £24,000 from the Steve Morgan Foundation Derwen converted a spare classroom into a shop.
Head of Curriculum Zoe Wood said “Being able to practise their vocational learning in a relevant, real-life work setting can be life-changing for our young people. The opening of The Vintage Advantage means that our retail and enterprise students can finally practise their customer service skills in a real shop setting.
The Vintage Advantage has received overwhelming support since it opened. Shop manager Sharon Jones said:
“Customers are particularly enjoying browsing and buying our stylish selection of clothing and accessories, homeware and books. We’ve received compliments on how well-displayed, bright and spacious the shop is. Many shoppers seem to be turning their visit into a trip out by also visiting our Garden Centre and Gift Shop, and enjoying a takeaway from the Walled Garden Cafe.”
Monday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Contact us on: 01691 661234 ext 252
Please use the map below to find us. The entrance is located on Twmpath Lane in Gobowen, near Oswestry.
Derwen College is located in Gobowen, near Oswestry, Shropshire, and is a vocational college for young adults aged 16-24. Students attend college to learn work skills and independent living skills in an environment that is bespoke to their needs.
The Vintage Advantage is part of a unique on-site retail area. Derwen College’s retail outlets are open to the public, where students learn, train and gain work skills.