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Charity shop run by youngsters in Rushden
The team taking part in running the shop in Rushden.
Six people will be running the shop.

Young people in Rushden are being given the opportunity to run their own charity shop on the High Street.

It will sell clothes, books, jewellery and CDs as well as other small items.

It has been set up to teach life skills and give young people the experience of being in the work environment.

The project is part of a community initiative organised by East Northamptonshire Council, Rushden Community College and working with Groundwork North Northants.

The idea was suggested by councillor Barbara Jenny, the ward member for Hayden.

She said: "This project offers the young people involved a real opportunity to develop and learn skills for life. As with other Young Enterprise schemes run in schools, they will be assessed throughout on the management of their business."

The shop has been loaned to the project by Palmblest Ltd, which owns the old Seabrook shop on the High Street. The project is also supported by Northamptonshire County Council and the police.

Teeangers aged 14 to 16 will help run the shop on a shift basis.

Kieran, 14, said: "We've been sorting through clothes for the shop and today I learned how to iron, which wasn't that bad.

"I'm not telling my mum though or she'll have me doing it all the time.

"I'm really looking forward to the shop opening; it's a great project."

The shop will be open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday and Fridays for six weeks starting on 29 July.

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