Your article: Age UK shop on hunt for new volunteers

The Age UK shop in Pocklington is calling on local people to sign up as a volunteer to help raise much-needed funds to support the charity’s work with older people.

As well as helping other people and your community, volunteers can also make new friends, discover new interests and develop new skills.

Age UK has over 420 shops across the UK, which are supported by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers.

Ninety-eight per cent of them said that they would recommend the charity as a place to volunteer because of the positive experience they have had.

Highlighting the rewards that volunteering brings, nine out of ten said that helping out in an Age UK shop helps them feel part of the local community, whilst 92 per cent felt that they are making a difference.

Over a third have been volunteering in an Age UK shop for over five years.

Volunteers can expect to support the shop in a range of activities, both behind the scenes and on the shop floor, including serving customers, merchandising and creating displays, managing stock donations and assisting with shop administration.

Heather, shop manager at the Age UK Pocklington shop, said: “The Age UK shop in Pocklington is reliant on the support of volunteers, so whether it’s for five minutes or five hours, we are delighted when anyone wants to support us.

“Not only will you meet new people and be a key part of the local community, you will also be helping Age UK raise vital funds.

“These enable us to deliver a range of services to help ensure older people can make the most of later life. If you would like to join us please just pop in and talk to us about how you can help!”

Age UK has over 420 shops across the UK, which generate much-needed funds for the charity’s work with older people, while encouraging everyone to recycle unwanted goods including clothing and accessories, gifts, toys, household items and shoes.

The money raised by Age UK’s shops will help the charity to support its local Age UK partners to deliver hands-on local services such as lunch clubs and home safety checks, as well as hugely important national work like its free advice line and vital campaigning work.