Elizabeth has volunteered in our Langley Moor Charity Shop since 2017.
How did you get into volunteering?
I used to pop into the Langley Moor charity shop on a Saturday when I was still working. The shop had a good standard of clothes. With going to the shop regularly, one of the volunteers suggested I became a volunteer too. Once I retired, I volunteered on Saturdays. The shop was short of volunteers so I started doing more shifts.
Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer to give something back. I’ve never worked in retail, but I love it. I’ve built a rapport with the customers and we have some who come from miles away. I have got to know the regulars enough to be able to point out items I think they’d like and have a chat with them.
What have you gained from volunteering?
I’ve gained friendships and can now work a till and a card machine. Volunteering is a hobby, it’s something I’m good at and I enjoy it. My husband plays golf, I volunteer in the shop.
How does volunteering make you feel?
It makes me extremely happy and is excellent for my mental health.
When I retired, I felt like I was surplus to requirements. When I started volunteering at the shop, I was given responsibility and made to feel that my contributions are valued. I feel valued.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering in one of our shops?
Do it, 100%!
What three words would you use to describe volunteering with us?
I couldn’t possibly describe it in just 3 words. I’m extremely happy to volunteer here.