‘I’m so proud that I have two important jobs, one at a solicitor and one at New Chapters. I really enjoy them.’
– Marcus, Langdon member
Empowering our people
New Chapters is our thriving online secondhand book business – with a difference.
The busy 3,000 square-foot warehouse provides an opportunity for our members to take their first step into the world of work, regardless of how complex their needs may be.
Paid Langdon Members and volunteers work side-by-side to run the business, sorting stock, scanning books and processing orders on one of the 18 computers. As well as picking up vital practical skills such as IT literacy, dealing with customers and attention to detail, they learn the importance of punctuality, responsibility, hard work and interacting with their colleagues.
They gain the experience, confidence and self-esteem to progress to working outside the Langdon community. Members can also work at New Chapters alongside other jobs, offering them more working hours and more valuable work experience.
More than just a service
In 2018 we began offering work experience placements to Langdon College students in order to get a taste for working life. And we now welcome more members from outside the Langdon community, such as those living with their families, to gain employment skills in a safe and supported environment.
New Chapters is not only life-changing, it’s successful. New Chapters makes around £12,000 a month, all of which goes straight back into running the enterprise.
Our books can be purchased on Amazon, however, due to the current situation, our site remains closed. We plan to re-open in July.
To donate books, CDs, DVDs and records please contact us.
‘I work at New Chapters every week. I do the book boxes. I really like the social side at work – I like meeting new people. My favourite thing is being with the staff and my friends.‘
– Paul, Langdon member