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How can design education help to revive the charity shop sector, post Covid-19?

Chariocity was a UAL-funded knowledge exchange project that aimed to uncover the impact of COVID-19 on the UK charity shop sector and to reimagine how systemic design education could help to ‘build back better’.  

Running from January 2021 to July 2021 the project was structured around a series of four online workshops involving over 100 stakeholders from the charity shop and education sector. Throughout these workshops the project team facilitated ideation through the use of new ‘P’ cards; each card relating to a different theme or issue: Physical Space, Place, Pleasure, Purpose, Product, Process, Price, Partners, Policy and Production. These deas were then used to develop six 'model' project briefs for education to take up - from Primary School to PhD level. It is hoped that these briefs will be adapted by educators and form the basis of a diverse set of activities in different UK locations over the next couple of years.

The Chariocity project report will be published on 8 October 2021, at the next World Circular Textiles Day 2050.