About the shop
People volunteer in the shop for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to gain experience, make new friends, or just give back to the community.
Martina told us why she started volunteering at the shop and how it helped her:
“I had stopped working after my first child. My eldest was 19 at the time; my middle one 15; and my youngest 12. Once my youngest left primary school, I had more time, but the Job Centre told me that I would never find a job due to the long time I’d been away when bringing the children up.
Still, I really wanted to find work. That’s how I met Sarah, an employment adviser at the Centre who helped me with CV writing, using the computer and looking for jobs. I had a really old CV and I didn’t really know how to make it better. Sarah helped me a lot, and she also told me about the possibility of getting work experience working in the Centre’s charity shop. I started volunteering and loved it. I liked being in contact with people and loved being on my feet. With all this support, I ended up finding a job in a supermarket where I’ve been working for almost two years now.”