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These gifts support vulnerable people, including widows, orphans, the elderly and disabled, with training, seeds, tools, livestock and practical support to help them break the cycle of poverty and build a more secure future.  

To buy one of these gifts visit our online shop at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/waronwantni or email mariclare@waronwantni.org 

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17 February 2016

War on Want NI joins 12 other local charities to protect services and funding from potentially devastating rate changes for Charity Shops

 

 

Charity shops in Northern Ireland have always benefited from a 100% charitable exemption from paying business rates. As part of its Review of the Non-Domestic Rating System, the Department of Finance and Personnel is consulting on whether charity shops should lose all or part of this exemption. The #MoreThanAShop campaign is about raising awareness and appreciation of the considerable social, economic and environmental benefits the charity retail sector makes in Northern Ireland each year. 

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Charity shops make an invaluable social, economic and environmental contribution in Northern Ireland. Each year, the charity retail sector raises around £10.5m, every penny of which goes to funding charitable causes. Raising significant funds for local charitable causes is just one aspect of the public benefit. 

 

The #MoreThanAShop Campaign considers that the net public benefit provided by charity shops -made possible by the 100% charitable exemption -offers exceptional value for money, and should be retained.  

Even if charity shops had to pay 20% of business rates liability, this is estimated to lead to a reduction of £1.1m going to charitable causes.  

This will directly impact the ability of charities to offer practical care and services to some of the most vulnerable people in Northern Ireland. It could also result in 55 shop closures, 129 job losses, and an additional 846 volunteer posts lost.

100% business rates would have even more disastrous consequences for the local community, reducing charitable intervention by an estimated £5.5m per annum.

It could result in 52% of charity shops closing, with 409 job losses, and 1,862 volunteer posts lost.

 

A Charity shop is more than a shop:

  • Raising approximately £10.5m for charities to deliver vital services for the local public and to support vulnerable communities overseas
  • Supporting the high streets by attracting footfall and keeping town centres alive during an economic downturn
  • Providing over 700 jobs and 5,400 volunteering opportunities for members of the local community
  • Provides an invaluable recycling service, contributing to the local environment, and diverting over 21,000 tonnes of waste from landfill 

War on Want NI is calling on all its supporters to visit www.morethanashop.com to ask their local representatives to back our call to protect this vital funding stream for charities.

 

 


 

04 January 2016

 

Unwanted Christmas presents can provide the gift of hope to vulnerable families.

War on Want NI is calling on everyone to consider donating unwanted Christmas gifts at its shops, to raise money for its work supporting some of the world’s most vulnerable people in 2016.

The War on Want NI shops accept donations of both new and second hand items, all of which are then sold on to be loved again, helping to raise vital funds for the Charity’s work supporting vulnerable families in Uganda and Malawi.

 

 

 Shop Manager at War on Want NI, Gerard Magee, said; “It can be difficult knowing what do to with gifts that will never be used, however by donating unwanted Christmas presents or old items to our shop people will be helping a great cause. Not only could they be another person’s treasure, your donations will also help us make 2016 a happier and less difficult year for widows, orphans, vulnerable families and those living with disabilities in Malawi and Uganda.  That’s why we are urging everyone to have a clear out and get rid of any items they don’t fancy holding onto – they will really help us kick off the New Year and raise vital funds.”

 

 

The money raised through War on Want NI’s shops supports the charity’s work delivering practical support to rural families struggling to feed themselves and provide for their children.  The support offered helps families break the cycle of poverty and hunger that they have been trapped in for years and includes training, seeds and tools, and expert help to ensure families can provide the essentials we all take for granted such as food, shelter, medicine and education - and vital campaigning work.

 

 

 War on Want NI has 13 shops across the Northern Ireland which are reliant on the donations of the local community to keep the shelves stocked, and are run by a team of dedicated volunteers supported by staff.  The shops accept goods such as men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, unwanted gifts, toys, household items, books, CDs, DVDs, games, Vinyl records and shoes. 

 

 


 

21 November 2015

 

Downpatrick War on Want NI group thanks local community for fantastic support.

War on Want NI and the Downpatrick volunteers who run the Scotch Street War on Want NI shop would like to thank the local community for so kindly supporting the annual Coffee Morning held on Friday 20 November which raised the fantastic amount of £1,520.  We are very grateful for the generosity of all those who helped make the event such an enjoyable success and to Down Parish Church for the use of the Down Parish Hall once again this year.  

 

 

The money raised on the day will make a significant contribution to War on Want NI’s work supporting some of the most vulnerable people living in absolute poverty in Malawi and Uganda.  This money will help to provide people with the training and resources they need to work their way out of poverty, produce enough to feed themselves, and help them get a reliable source of income to pay for the things we take for granted, such as education, health care and housing.  Thank you to every volunteer, customer and supporter who helps us raise vital funds throughout the year.

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PRESS RELEASE: Thursday, 5th February 2015

Emergency Appeal:

 

War on Want NI prepares to help families facing months of hunger after violent storms cause massive flooding in southern Malawi.

 

“One night it started raining and didn’t stop.  All my hope is lost”.  This is the devastating testimony of 35 year old mother Eunice Banda who has lost her family’s only food crop to the floods.

 

 

Weeks of unprecedented heavy rains have wreaked havoc across Malawi leaving War on Want NI’s beneficiaries facing a very uncertain future. War on Want NI supports some of the most vulnerable families in Malawi who live on less than 70p a day and are totally reliant on their small plots of land to produce their food.   

 

Large areas in the south of Malawi are underwater and people, homes, crops and livestock have been washed away. An estimated 63,531 hectares of land have been submerged in water.  Malawi's President, Peter Mutharika, has declared half the country a disaster zone with the southern districts of Zomba, Machinga and Balaka, where War on Want NI’s hunger eradication projects are based, among the hardest hit.

 

With little public awareness of the massive crisis facing thousands of families across southern Malawi, War on Want NI, Northern Ireland’s longest established International Development Agency, has launched a public appeal for emergency funds.

 

In response to the growing emergency, Linda McClelland, War on Want NI’s Director said, “The people there require rapid assistance if they are to survive in the next few months.  Most of their crops have been washed away or lie ruined in the fields.  They will have nothing to harvest.  For families that rely totally on their land and livestock for all their food the reality is that they will go hungry this year unless they get immediate assistance.” 

 

The torrential rains arrived during the traditional rainy season when most of the food produced by subsistence farmers like those supported by War on Want NI is planted and grown.  In a cruel twist, the life giving rains turned deadly washing away the delicate young crop and all the hard work, food security and hope of the families in the region.  An estimated 85% of the maize crop planted by the families supported by War on Want NI has been destroyed and with it hope that they will be able to feed their families in the coming months. 

 

In response Linda McClelland explains that War on Want NI is suspending its development programme to offer emergency help to the families devastated by the flooding.   “The scale and impact of this emergency is so severe that we are temporarily suspending our planned activities to respond to this disaster. Our beneficiary families have lost almost everything.  Our immediate response will focus on helping them through the coming weeks but we must help them get ready for replanting once the waters recede.  They really do need our help today.” 

 

The public can support War on Want NI’s appeal by donating online at www.waronwantni.org, at any of the War on Want NI shops or by contacting the office on 028 9023 2064.

Thursday 5th February 2015

 

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Latest Annual Report and Audited Accounts available to view 

Friday 5th December 2014

War on Want NI's latest Annual Report and Audited Accounts are now available for you to view in our Financial Information section. You will find the latest information about our Overseas and Home activities as well as our Financial Statement for the year ending 30th April 2013. 

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Fantastic Titanic related items for sale in War on Want NI's Botanic Bookshop
Monday 2nd July 2012
War on Want NI's Botanic Bookshop has just received a donation of excellent Titanic related books. Also for sale - a very unusual framed reproduction of the Belfast Evening Telegraph's front page of the 15th April 1912 produced as a Special Commemorative supplement. Botanic Bookshop are open to offers for these items. Come visit the store, have a look and we will accept the best offer we receive. See you soon!
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Visit the War on Want NI Stall at the Ballyhackamore Community Summer Parade
Thursday 14th June 2012
War on Want NI will have a stall full of bargains at the Kirckpatrick Parish Hall on Saturday 16th June - so come along, show your support and pick up something special! There will also be bouncy castles and face painting - fun for all the family. We hope to see you there!
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altA Cavalcade of Fashion - Celebrating the Queen's Jubilee
Monday 4th June 2012
War on Want NI Fashion Shows - 'Glimpse into the Past' and 'The Flapper Shows', joined forces with 'Living Vintage' Fashion show in a fundraising event to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee in Belfast's City Hall on Monday 4th June 2012. This unique show took viewers on a jouney through fashion from the 1840's - the fashion of Queen Elizabeth's Great Great Grandmother, right through to the 1950's and Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. We would like to say a special thanks to all three groups who made the event one to remember! For information on the shows, please contact Mariclare on 02890 232064 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Check out our Facebook page for some more great pictures!

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Band Night in Auntie Annies on Wednesday 6th June 2012
Thursday 7th June 2012
Big thank you to Peter Mitchell for organising a Band Night in Auntie Annie's on 6th June. He raised nearly £200 for War on Want NI. Local talent was highlighted with some fantastic bands taking part! What a great night! Thanks again Peter!

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Signed First Edition of Harry Potter - 'The Order of the Phoenix'
Thursday 31st May 2012
Daniel Radcliffe has very kindly signed a first edition of Harry Potter - 'The Order of the Phoenix' for War on Want NI to auction. If anyone is interested in purchasing this first edition copy, we are starting the bids at £50! Please contact Rob on 02890 232064 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Tuesday 29th May 2012
After many years on Cregagh Road, the time came for both a move and a new look and our new shop can now be found at 79 Cregagh Road. The shop began trading in early May and the feedback has been tremendous. People find the new shop so much more spacious and easy to shop; it also carries the new branded signage which gives a different feel too. As always, we are in need of good quality donations and have various roles for anyone wishing to volunteer; in either case, please contact Elaine at the shop – 02890 454061.

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 Coffee at City Hall

Monday 28th February 2011
Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Pat Convery and War on Want NI kicked off Fairtrade Fortnight on Monday, February 28 with a coffee morning at City Hall. The coffee morning was open to all Belfast City Council employees and the proceeds will benefit some of the poorest people in Africa. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, War on Want NI has organised 50 coffee mornings between February 28 to March 13 with businesses, schools and individuals throughout Northern Ireland. War on Want NI patron Dame Mary Peters attended the coffee morning. She and Lord Mayor Councillor Pat Convery drew the winner of the raffle prize, which was a Fairtrade basket donated by Robert Roberts. Robert Roberts has supported War on Want NI with Fairtrade baskets for every coffee morning during Fairtrade Fortnight.

 

High Sheriff
Thursday 3rd February 2011

War on Want NI has been named Belfast’s High Sheriff chosen charity of the year. Councillor Ian Adamson QBE support of War on Want NI commemorates the charity’s 50th anniversary of fighting poverty worldwide. Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Pat Convery recently hosted a War on Want NI Fairtrade Coffee Morning at City Hall for all City Council employees. High Sheriff Ian Adamson and War on Want NI patron Dame Mary Peters both attended the event. War on Want NI is the oldest independent and international agency in Northern Ireland. The charity’s ongoing mission to alleviate poverty worldwide is supported by the public’s generosity, 13 retail shops in Northern Ireland and the help of approximately 300 volunteers.The position of High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in Britain and dates back to the Saxton times. Councillor Ian Adamson is a former Lord Mayor and has held an elected office since 1989.


Recycled Rags

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Don’t bin it, black bag it! Every time you clear out wardrobes and closets, there is always a pile of clothes, shoes; towels and bed linen that you might think aren’t fit to donate to charity.Don’t chunk them in the bin! War on Want NI can turn these rags into riches. These black bags of rags can be sold for recycling to help War on Want NI continue its work with some of the poorest countries in Africa. Every bag of rags donated is carefully weighed and raises 50p pe
r kilo.

A typical black bag can bring in about £5, which can buy the equivalent of two chickens. These chickens are used for breeding and eggs are sold, providing income for educational and medical expenses.If you sold a black bag of rags for £5, what would you spend it on?

For most of us, £5 might cover a sandwich and a cup of coffee. Recycling black bags can boost a War on Want NI shop’s income by 10%, so every bag counts.War on Want NI has been fighting to alleviate poverty for 50 years. We rely on donations and sales in our 13 retail shops to help us work in partnership with some of the most vulnerable people in Africa.

Donations can be dropped off at any War on Want NI shop or call our office on 029 9023 2064 for other arrangements.

 

We believe everyone deserves a life free from poverty.

You can help families currently living on less than 70p a day receive the support, training and resources they need to break free from poverty for good.

 

 

Donate today to support some of the most vulnerable families in Uganda and Malawi.

  

Your donation can provide:

 -  training to help vulnerable farmers learn the skills they need to grow nutritious food 

 -  children orphaned by HIV/AIDS with a goat to generate the money they need to pay school fees

 -  farmers with simple irrigation that will help them grow crops for food and to sell year round 

 

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Volunteer Opportunities with War on Want NI

We are always looking for reliable volunteers to assist us with a range of activities in Head Office and in our network of Charity Shops across N.Ireland.

 

Head Office Volunteers needed:

Volunteer to assist the Fundraising and Communications Manager with promoting War on Want NI and our activities through online and offline channels.  If you are interested in finding out more about this role contact Mariclare on 028 9023 2064 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Shop Box Co-ordinators to circulate and collect collection boxes in businesses and retail outlets across N.Ireland. For more information please contact Mariclare on 028 9023 2064 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

Shop Volunteers Wanted

Our shop volunteers can get involved in many aspects of running the shop including: merchandicing, window dressing and learning new skills along the way. It's also a great way to meet new people. People from all walks of life are encouraged to apply; it's the time and energy that you give which are the key ingredients, as this will help us raise those vital funds.  for more information either contact youe local shop directly or drop us a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Find a shop near you:

Lisburn - 9 Bon-Accord Terrace, Lisburn BT28 1TL.  Tel: 028 9267 7645

Belfast: Andersonstown - 127a Andersonstown Road, Belfast BT11 9BU. Tel: 028 9023 2064

Belfast: Antrim Road - 337 Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 2HF.  Tel 028 9023 2064

Belfast: Cregagh Road - 63 Creagh Road, Belfast BT6 8PY. Tel: 028 9045 4061 

Belfast: Ballyhackamore Bookshop - 370-374 Upper Newtownards Rd, Belfast BT4 3DY. Tel: 028 9067 3350

Belfast: Botanic Bookshop - 24 botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JQ.  Tel: 028 9024 7773

Banbridge  - 8 Bridge Street, Banbridge BT32 8JS. Tel: 028 4062 3429

Bangor - 2 Abbey Street, Bangor BT20 4JA.  Tel: 028 9127 1282

Holywood - 65 High Street, Holywood, BT18 9AQ.  Tel: 028 9042 5545

Ballynahinch - 5b Main street, Ballynahinch, BT24 8DN.  Tel: 028 9756 3929

Coleraine - 31 Railway Road, Coleraine, BT52 1PE.  Tel: 028 7035 3876

Downpatrick  - 15 Scotch Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6AQ.  Tel: 028 4461 9537

Dunmurry - 145 Kingsway, Dunmurry, BT17 9RY.  Tel: 9061 7910

 



 

Fairtrade Fortnight

29 February to 13 March 2016

Any excuse for cake!
War on Want NI are asking you to host a Fairtrade Coffee Morning or alternative fundraising event.

 

Contact Mariclare for more information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Other Organised Events

Larne Half Marathon - Saturday 19 March 2016

Omagh Half Marathon - Saturday 26 March 2016

Belfast City Marathon, Relay and Fun Run - Monday 02 May 2016

Walled City Marathon - Sunday 05 June 2016

Lisburn 10K Road Race, Fun Run and Half Marathon  - Wednesday 15 June 2016

Causeway Coast 10K Run/Walk, Half Marathon and Marathon - Saturday 24 September 2016

 

 

 

For further information contact Mariclare on: (028) 9023 2064 
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