After reopening following the coronavirus crisis, Age UK charity shops need volunteers more than ever, which is why the Age UK shop in Watford – St. Albans Road is appealing to local people to sign up to help out.
The appeal comes as part of Volunteer’s Week 2021, which ran from June 1 to June 7 and celebrates people that give up their time, whilst inspiring others to get involved to help make a difference.
Age UK shops help raise vital funds for the charity’s work and services supporting older people, which have been a lifeline for older people during lockdown and throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Karen, manager at the Age UK Watford, St.Albans Road shop, said: “We know that coronavirus has bought about many challenges for our volunteers and this has sadly left us with a reduced number. The Age UK Watford shop is reliant on the support and time given to us by volunteers and we are urgently appealing to people in Watford to join our team and help out by volunteering in the shop.”
Whether people want to learn new skills, keep busy after being furloughed or losing work due to the pandemic, or meet new people, Age UK shops offer a range of roles and time slots in order to fit around busy lives.
Volunteers can support the shop in a range of activities, both behind the scenes and on the shop floor, including serving customers and creating displays, managing stock donations and assisting with shop administration.
Elaine, a volunteer at the Age UK Watford shop, said: “Volunteering with the Age UK shop in Watford is really enjoyable. As well as 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. It’s great to know you are making a difference and giving something back.”
To find out more about Age UK’s shops and how you can help, please visit www.ageuk.org.uk/shop-volunteer get in touch with the Age UK Watford shop on 01923 235883.