Why More People Should Volunteer
why more people should volunteer, especially in charity shops
"You only get what you give"
Just over two years ago, I started my Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. I was worried about where I would volunteer and what I would do. I wasn't overly keen on the idea of meeting lots of new people and didn't know what to do. Eventually I decided that a charity shop was the best option. I wandered up and down the street to see which looked best to me, In the end I decided on Ty Hafan, the childrens hospice in Wales. From the moment I first spoke to the manager I knew I had made a huge and correct decision.
I filled out an application form and soon began to work three or fours hours on various days. The job is great, great people, I like what I do and meeting new people is not half as scary as I imangined. There are a variety of roles from ticketing and hanging stock, to till work to computer work. For myself, it has provided work experience and valuable experience of being in a work place. It is enjoyable and everyone gets on well and works efficiently as a team.
However, the best part is that I really feel I am making a difference. The money made in the shop, goes to the hospice. The charity also has a trip once a year, where the volunteers can see the hospice. I have seen the building and have seen the work that they do. My hours in the shop mean that management can be doing other things, every hour that anyone can give makes a difference and it is greatly appreciated.
The point is that in life we never know what is going to happen. At some point in our lives we may need these charities, for whatever circumstance, Many of the charities receive no government funding and the shops are a huge source of their revenue. Any time you can give makes a difference, it can save someone's life.
If you are fortunate enough to not need any help from any charities please be the one who works and gives their time to help. People make the difference.
Two years since I started in the shop, I have now completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh and an going to do all I can so that I don't have to leave. Volunteering is such a vital service and without it so many charities would not exist. Helping others is so satisfying and to know that I have helped others means the world.