world shop
Trading in Reading since 1987, RISC's world shop is one of the UK's largest fair trade and ethical shop with a large range of crafts, food, beverages, confectionary, household goods, toiletries, books and teaching resources.

world shop opening hours
Monday: 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday: 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday: 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday: 09:30 - 18:00
Friday: 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed on Bank Holidays

The shop owes a large part of its success to its team of hard working volunteers.

if you are interested in volunteering, please click here

sourcing our stock

Whenever possible, the World Shop Co-ordinator will meet in person with importers in order to choose the best range of products for the shop. Our product range is growing all the time with the emphasis being on fair traded and hand crafted products, which utilise traditional skills in the production of stylish and contemporary designs. As a member of BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK we buy from importers who have been monitored to ensure they fulfil strict fair trade criteria.


world shop returns policy

unsuitable purchases

We would like to be able to offer cash refunds for unsuitable purchases but as a small independent charity we are not in a position to do so. We are happy to exchange the product or issue a credit note as long as the item is returned in its original condition and suitable for re-sale. You must provide proof of purchase with an itemised till receipt.

We cannot exchange earrings in the interest of hygiene.

refunds for faulty goods

If your product is faulty you are entitled to return the item for a refund, exchange or credit note as long as the return is made within 30 days. You must provide proof of purchase with an itemised till receipt.

If you have any queries about the above please speak to the Shop Co-ordinator.