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Suitable for: Neighbourhood
Estimated costs: £30 refreshments and flyers.
Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Local church.
Activity: Community
Author: uglyducklingcompany
Published: 24/06/2015


Organise a community event to exchange unwanted/unneeded items. Advertise with flyers and word of mouth invitations. Encourage people to bring items that they no longer need and are prepared to give away.  In turn, they can take away anything they need on a first come first served basis. Provide light refreshments and include a donation box for a local charity.


  • You may need to have someone on hand to arbitrate over items seen at the same time.

  • The ethos of giving needs to be conveyed clearly, it is not about making money, or gain.

  • It may be helpful to spend some time discussing and preparing as a church. Encourage the church family to mingle and explain the objective of the day as an expression of grace.


A simple way to serve the community, by helping them recycle unwanted items. This is an activity to help make the church a point of community connection.


A community service is provided, and connections are made.

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