About us

Clock Works is the brand name given to trading activity carried out by independent Thirsk-based charity The Clock

The Clock has been serving the community in Thirsk and surrounding areas for over 15 years – starting out as a Youth organisation but now also reaching out to families and adults in need of support by delivering training and education, 1:1 support, co-ordinating a food bank and hosting job clubs and drop-in advise session with partners including Housing officers and Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

The Clock launched Clock Works in 2018 with the opening of a Community Re-use Store in Thirsk Market Place, where re-usable donated items of furniture and large household goods are sold to the public at low cost.  In 2019 the range extended to include bicycles, large baby equipment such as Prams and Cots, and Most recently, school uniform.
Incorporated into the Store is the Clock Works Community Workshop which launched in Spring 2019. This is a place where people can volunteer to attend sessions to refurbish and repair furniture or bicycles to be sold in the Store whilst learning or sharing skills – connecting, conversing and creating.

The Clock uses social enterprise (businesses that exist for a social purpose, not for profit) to deliver the following benefits:

  • Generate income to support the delivery of The Clock’s front-line activity while creating enterprise-based opportunities for individuals and the wider community which are not currently available locally.
  • Provide opportunities for local people to volunteer, learn, develop new skills and progress their journey into employment.
  • Act as a conduit between those in need and those who have something to give, delivering a positive emotional and environmental impact, and making sure all of our collective resources are utilised to the maximum benefit of our community.