Give Your Stuff Away Day

We’ve reinvented Give Your Stuff Away Day

Instead of bringing your ‘stuff’ to the Catholic Church, as we did last year, we’ve  been encouraging residents to leave things in a safe spot outside our homes.  People can go round with a wheelbarrow or trolley to pick up anything that catches their eye.  We can maintain a safe social distance while recycling and reusing a whole load of useful stuff.

The first new style GYSAD was on July 5th, and was a big success.  At least 40 or 50 people put thing out in streets all over Steyning, Bramber and Beeding.  So we decided to make it a regular event and ran it each month through until October.

Since it’s weather dependent, we’ll hold off until Spring before starting up again.  So keep an eye on the website or newsletter for news of future events.

Here’s how the new format works, and some do’s and don’ts:

  • Put things you’d like to give away in a box or neat pile on your driveway or front garden from 1 pm.   Don’t block the pavement!
  • Put up a sign saying ‘Give Your Stuff Away Day – Help Yourself!’  You can download one here.
  • It’s not essential but if you’re happy to do this, do a comment up on the Greening Steyning Event Page for that day’s GYSAD with a description or photo of your stash, with hashtag #GYSAD, and a note saying what street you live on (no need to give your exact address).  That way people will know where to come.
  • Leave it there for the afternoon – no need to guard you stash, as that might put people off.
  • Everyone will be encouraged to take a Sunday afternoon walk around their neighbourhood to see what they can find – with a pair of gloves to put on when handling items, just to be on the safe side.
  • Taking a wheelbarrow, trolley or shopping bag would be a smart move so you can carry things home.
  • If you’re in a car, make sure you don’t block the road.
  • Use your common sense on social distancing and resist the temptation to socialise – the whole point is to avoid crowds
  • Home owners make sure you take back in anything that’s left at 4 pm.  It’s your responsibility – we don’t want to be accused of community fly tipping!

Some caveats:

  • If you don’t have a good spot outside your home to put things, or live a bit out of the way, maybe you have a friend who’s driveway you can borrow, provided you agree to clear up afterwards.
  • It all depends on having some fine weather on the day.  If it’s pouring with rain, we can give it a miss.
  • And be sensible – don’t take part if you’re showing any COVID symptoms, or have any worries on that score.


Wheel barrow full on give your stuff away day