Saving lives, restoring sight and building homes with the Anglican Op Shop


Saving lives, restoring sight and building homes with the Anglican Op Shop

The Anglican Community Shop is a glory box of treasures and those who shop there, whether they’re aware or not, are making a valuable difference to the lives of others.

Commonly known as “The Op Shop” it was started in 1977 by the Ladies of the Guild to provide financial support for the Parish of Devonport at a time when it was experiencing some financial difficulty. The Op shop was so successful in its mission to help, that they had funds left over which were happily donated to charities and outreach programmes. Hence the tradition continues to this day. The shop has been part of Devonport for 40 years, having moved premises several times and is now situated at the Wynyard Street end of Devonport’s historic Arcade Building on lower Victoria Road.

With just over 50 volunteers working in the shop, varying in age, experience and backgrounds, it is a social hub where people come together to chat, browse and make friends.

The Op Shop plays an essential community role, in both Devonport and beyond. As well as providing financial resources for the parish and helping with the maintenance and upkeep of the beautiful and historic Holy Trinity Church which was built in the 1800s, funds also go towards the employment of a Youth and Child worker.

The parish also works hard to support other agencies such as Auckland Trust for Women and Children, City Mission, SPCA, Bald Angels and others by redistributing excess goods. They also support up to 25 charities both locally and abroad; the Fred Hollows Foundation, The Rescue Helicopter Auckland Trust and Habitat for Humanity are just a few of those approved and ratified at their last AGM. Some funds are also reserved for emergency appeals worldwide.

The Op Shop also does well to reflect the Devonport ethos of sustainability, putting into practise the recycle, reuse and reduce mantra that we’re now so familiar with. The use of plastic bags was dropped over a year ago and where customers forget their own, paper is offered as a substitute.

So remember The Op Shop when you have households goods or clothes still worthy of use, as your donations may restore eye sight, transport injured to safety, build homes for those in need, or give life saving heart surgery to children in the Pacific.

For those interested in volunteering, contact Tina Casement 021 0556990.