Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) is appealing for volunteers to help in its charity shop in Stranraer.
If your well-intended New Year’s resolutions are already long forgotten, becoming a volunteer at your local Salvation Army shop is a great way to extend the season of goodwill and do something positive for yourself whilst also giving back to your local community.
The Salvation Army’s Stranraer shop sells everything from clothes and accessories to books and household items. Area Manager for SATCoL, Nicola Crawford, comments:
“We rely on the generosity of our volunteers because they play such a vital role within our charity shops. Perhaps you have a flare for shop window dressing, maybe great customer service skills or even have a good eye for an antique? No matter your experience, there are all sorts of jobs that we need help with and we provide all the training you need. There’s also an opportunity to become a volunteer Key Holder, which is a position of responsibility with the opportunity to get involved in lots of different aspects of running a retail business. If you think you can spare any time at all, from a few hours to a few days a week, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.”
Volunteering is a fantastic way to learn new skills or brush up on old ones and it can be a lot of fun too. William Robertson, who is 46 and has been a volunteer at the charity shop in Dunfermline for four years comments: “When I first joined the team at my local shop I had very little confidence, but that has all changed. I have received training of all sorts, including till operating and stock rotation. I’ve developed my personal and customer service skills and I’m now very proud to be a Key Holder. I love working in such a happy environment – our customers are great and everyone you speak to is so friendly. I would definitely encourage others to become a volunteer as it’s an opportunity to learn new things and work in a happy, friendly place.”
Profit SATCoL receives through the sale of donated items contributes to The Salvation Army to help fund its valuable work with people who are vulnerable and in need across the UK, including homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales and a Family Tracing Service. Over the last five years alone SATCoL has donated over £39.5 million to The Salvation Army.
For more information on becoming a volunteer simply pop into your local SATCoL shop (see contact details below).
To find your nearest shop, visit: www.salvationarmytrading.org/finder
Shop address and telephone number:
54/56 Charlotte Street, Stranraer DG9 7EF / 01776 705287