Richmond charity shop seeks volunteers

Age UK in Richmond is seeking people to try their hand at volunteering for a day.

The charity is taking part in the Big Help Out, a voluntary initiative being run to celebrate the King’s coronation on May 8.

The Age UK shop in Finkle Street will be opening its doors on Monday, May 8 and offering taster sessions to local people interested in helping out.

The two-hour long sessions will offer a flavour of what to expect, covering different activities and giving an overview of the shop.

Juillet Taylor, a volunteer at the Age UK Richmondshire shop, said: “I love volunteering with the Age UK shop in Finkle Street– it’s great to know you are making a difference and giving something back.

“No two days are ever the same and as well doing a variety of different tasks in the shop, I meet new people every day.

“I have made good friends with both the shop team and people in the local community and would encourage anyone thinking of signing up to give volunteering a go.”

Julia Robinson, shop manager, added: “Volunteers play an important role at our shop and are crucial to Age UK.

“As well as helping with the essential operations and day-to-day running of the shop, they also offer a friendly welcome and chat to many of the local community who stop in.

“Every hour they contribute makes a huge difference and helps Age UK raise much-need funds for its work supporting older people, making their work invaluable.

“Volunteers in the Age UK Finkle Street shop can choose to do a variety of tasks such as window dressing, creating displays, managing stock donations and serving customers. They will also gain valuable skills and experience, while volunteering alongside a team of passionate and friendly people. So, if you’re looking to find out more, do sign up and book one of the taster session on 8th May via The Big Help Out app.”

To find out more about signing up for a volunteering taster session at the Age UK Finkle Street shop visit www.thebighelpout.org.uk or download The Big Help Out app.