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PreFab Charity Shops & Recycling

Prefab Clothing PreFab is a training and work experience social enterprise styled recycling project owned and managed by Cardiff YMCA Housing Association. This is a project run by a local charity benefitting the local community.

Our staff and volunteers (many of whom are homeless hostel residents) collect, sort, wash and steam donations of clothing at our recycling unit in Tremorfa.

Staff and volunteers then sell good quality hand-picked clothing and fashion accessories (often designer labelled) at our charity clothing shop boutique at 73 Albany Road. Gallery

By donating your textiles to our recycling unit, or by shopping at Prefab Clothing, you are helping us to provide training and work experience opportunities to disadvantaged people in our community.

This project diverts many tons of fabric from landfill sites every year through recycling and reuse, and every penny generated by PreFab Clothing is directly reinvested into the project and our services to help the homeless.

We are looking for volunteers

Prefab are looking for volunteers If you would like to learn skills in retail or recycling and you have time to spare (a few hours, a day or a couple of mornings or afternoons a week) and you are looking for something interesting and worthwhile to do, then we’d love to hear from you. We have a number of opportunities available which will enable you to work around your other commitments, study, work or childcare.

WCVA Please contact us at the shop or recycling unit to find out what opportunities we have available.

We rely on your donations:

You can bring your donations into PreFab Clothing, 7 Wellfield Road, or deposit them in one of our Clothing Banks sited around Cardiff.

We are looking for new and used clothing, paired shoes, belts, handbags, ties, towels, curtains, blankets and bed linen in any condition. i.e. even if its worn or damaged.

*Unfortunately, we are unable to resell or recycle duvets, pillows, cushions or quilted bedspreads.

If you can’t get to the shop, you can still support us by putting your donations into one of our clothing banks sited at the following locations, or by holding a collection event on our behalf:

Pontprennau Community Church, Barry YMCA, St Philip Evans R.C. Church Llanedyrn, Chapter Arts Centre, St Davids Shopping Centre, Heath Park Car Park, St Peters R.C. School, Southey Street Sainsbury’s, Thornhill All Nations Church, Sachville Avenue Morrisons, Cardiff Bay Ambassador YMCA, Oakfield Street Cardiff YMCA, The Walk Parkend Church, Lakeside British Legion, Whitchurch Tesco Extra, Western Avenue Co-op, Crwys Road, Cathays

We also have many banks on student campus sites as part of the Get It Out For Cardiff campaign.

Can you help us to increase our bank sites?

Prefab recycling options We have two recycling options available:

Outside Bank – If you are into textile recycling in a big way, we can provide an outside textile collection bank. The outside banks should ideally be located where they are accessible to the public i.e. staff car parks, churches and schools etc. The banks are emptied and maintained on a regular basis, so there is no need to store bags.

Inside Bank – If you don’t have the room for an outdoor bank, we can provide a smaller portable textile collection bank. The ‘inside’ banks are made of lightweight high density polythene, and are fitted with rear wheels for easy manoeuvrability even when full so they can be moved about for convenience. At the end of their life, they too can be recycled.

What Next?

Please phone Mandy Caddy: 02920 465250 for an informal chat if you:

  • Would like to discuss partnership opportunities.
  • Are able to help us secure additional sites – or you know of somewhere that you think we may be able to secure a site.
  • Are a community group, school, church or business and would like us to organise a collection, or you would like to donate end-of-line, samples or surplus stock.
  • Are holding an event and require bags and posters.

Please phone Lisa Wells (02920 473 113) if you would like to volunteer at the shop or Michelle Mondo (02920 485 363) if you would like to volunteer at the recycling unit.

PreFab Clothing (Charity Shop)
7 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3NZ
Tel: 029 2047 3113
Open Monday to Saturday – 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

PreFab Recycling Unit
5 Eastmoors Business Park, Eastmoors Road, Cardiff CF24 5JX
Tel: 029 2048 5363