Online map helps locate op shops

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Research volunteer Connor Venmore, left, and Volunteering Mid and South Canterbury's Dellwyn Moylan outside the Hospice Mid Canterbury op shop in Ashburton.

Charity opportunity shops, and recycling recovery parks, across Canterbury have been pinpointed on a new online map set up through Volunteer Mid and South Canterbury, in partnership with Volunteering Canterbury.

The background work was carried out by Ashburton volunteer Connor Venmore who spent considerable time finding the district’s opportunity shops and recovery parks, as well as their days and hours of operation.

And it’s something he has really enjoyed.

Connor has volunteered with the organisation on many projects and enjoyed the researching the charity shops.

He has been a past volunteer at the Ashburton Museum, but still volunteers with Hospice Mid Canterbury and CCS Disability Action Group. He enjoys family history research and also has an interest in different cultures and countries.

His op shop research has been placed on an interactive map produced by Professor Donald Matheson, of Canterbury University and loaded on the Volunteering Mid and South Canterbury website.

It includes around 100 op shops across Canterbury – at least six are in Mid Canterbury – as well as resource recovery parks, where bargain hunters can find quality, pre-loved household goods, furniture, products and clothing.

It’s also a great way to recycle products to up-cycle and reuse which may have ended up at landfill otherwise.

Volunteering Mid and South Canterbury, Mid Canterbury manager Dellwyn Moylan said after mere hours of the launch – timed for recycling awareness week – it had already drawn many positive comments.

“We have had an amazing response to it, people are really looking forward to using it and we have had the name of two more shops to add which is great,” she said.

Miss Moylan said online the map had seen scores of Facebook likes and comments and shares.

It had reached more than 10,000 people in just a couple of hours, she said.

The map can be found on the organisation’s website at www.vmsc.org.nz