Volunteering could do you a good turn

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ACHARITY shop worker who got his foot on the em­ploy­ment lad­der af­ter volunteering is en­cour­ag­ing other job seek­ers to do the same.

Mark Frost, who works at the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion shop on Mill Street, said volunteering at the shop is a prac­ti­cal way to get ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as do­ing a good turn by peo­ple with time on their hands.

Mark, who has worked at the shop for three months and vol­un­teered for six weeks, said: “I was out of work so just started volunteering to get some­thing on my CV.

“I en­joyed it so much I stayed for a bit longer, and then they of­fered me a job.”

The shop is ap­peal­ing for as many vol­un­teers as pos­si­ble to join the team, whether you are look­ing for ex­pe­ri­ence or have some spare time to do­nate to the cause.

Mark, 31, from Con­gle­ton, added: “I re­ally en­joy it. If you are out of work it can be quite bor­ing and frus­trat­ing be­cause you are just ap­ply­ing for jobs all day, so this is a re­ally good way to make use of your time and get ex­pe­ri­ence.

“They give you all the train­ing you need and it’s fun, so it’s worth do­ing. It’s re­ally valu­able ex­peri- ence. You don’t have to have qual­i­fi­ca­tions or pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mark added that it’s not only job­seek­ers who can ben­e­fit from volunteering, which is a re­ward­ing job in it­self.

He said: “Our vol­un­teers are at the heart of the char­ity and we sim­ply wouldn’t be able to con­tinue our life­sav­ing work with­out them. Volunteering in our shop can also be a great way to get in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, make friends and learn new skills.

“We are cur­rently in des­per­ate need of more help­ing hands in our shop to as­sist cus­tomers with pur­chases, re­ceive stock do­na­tions and raise aware­ness of the char­ity’s work .

“We also need help be­hind the scenes pre­par­ing do­nated cloth­ing, books and bric-a-brac ready for the shop floor.

“At the mo­ment there are only eight vol­un­teers in our shop team and we ur­gently need more help.”

If any­one is in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved, pop into the shop at 71 Mill Street for a chat, or call on 01625 511958 to find out more.

‘This is a re­ally good way to make use of your time’

●● Mark Frost got a job af­ter volunteering at the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion shop in Mac­cles­field

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