For those of you who will be visiting us for the first time in December - this is what our building looks like. We have half of the ground floor of the East Wing of 5th Avenue Plaza, Queensway North on the Team Valley in Gateshead.
It's right next to the A1, between Retail World and the Premier Inn - Queensway is parallel with Kingsway, so no more excuses that you can't find us! There is plenty of free parking right next to our back door, so it's also very easy to bring things in and out.
The new Gateshead Food Bank used one of our rooms for a few months from the summer onwards. They have just moved to much larger premises, so we are able to use the room they had for all non-book items we have on offer at the moment.
People often give us books and then say 'oh, we have some toys, do you know where we can donate those?' - so we take the toys as well. The women's refuges in particular have children who may have had to leave home without their teddies and toys, and we will always find new homes for them.
Recently we received our first donation from Giving World Online so for a while we can offer baby sleepsuits and rompers and we'll be giving goodie bags for boys and girls for Christmas and New Year. In the future we hope to be able to work much more with Giving World Online so that the items they offer can be more easily available to charities around the North of England.
We also have large quantities of certain items of stationery, including pens and post-it notes available to local charities and community groups.
Our Dutch office in Leiden also has stationery as well as a huge assortment of books - so things are booming on both sides of the water.
Don't forget to give us a call if you want books in time for Christmas - many of them are brand new or in super-good condition. We have some lovely childrens' books that will make great gifts. We are open regularly on Wednesdays from 11.30 til 4 at least, and on other days by arrangement. You are advised to phone or email us just to check - 07 808 704 307 or books [@] borderlinebooks.org
See you soon!