charity shop issues appeal for new volunteers
young Berrow resident says volunteer work at a charity shop in
Burnham-On-Sea has helped her boost confidence and learn new skills
- and she is encouraging others to give it a go.
Jessica Doyle, 21, volunteers at Weston Hospicecare's shop
in Burnham High Street, which is currently seeking newcomers.
decided to volunteer for the hospice as I wanted to gain some
experience, I'm not currently working and I have a lot of spare
time so it seemed like a good idea. The atmosphere in the shop
is so relaxed and friendly which has helped me to build my confidence
as I'm quite a shy person," she said.
manager, Ann, has taught me many new skills and helped me build
on old ones. I think too many people assume that it is older people
that volunteer but personally I think it's brilliant for anyone,
especially people around my age that are looking to get experience.
I definitely suggest they look into volunteering for the hospice."
Weston Hospicecare says volunteers are crucial to its operations,
helping to save it £1.1 million in salaries every year.
There are over 680 people who volunteer for the hospice.
hospice is currently on the look out for new people to join its
volunteer team, without whom the daily running of the charity
would not be possible.
Beaton, Volunteer and Training Advisor, said: "Our volunteers
really do help the hospice to run efficiently and wed be
lost without them. We understand that people lead very busy lives
these days and do not expect them to have a full day free to volunteer
for us, however we do offer shifts with as little as 4 hours."
For more information about volunteering opportunities at the Burnham
shop and others in Somerset, click here.