Age UK Todmorden shop appealing for new volunteers to join the team

After reopening following the coronavirus crisis, Age UK charity shops need volunteers more than ever, which is why the Age UK shop in Todmorden is appealing to local people to sign up to help out.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 8:00 am

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.

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. Covid secure measures are in place in every shop to help keep staff, volunteers and customers safe.

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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.

Syed Ashraf, Manager at the Age UK Todmorden 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 Todmorden shop is reliant on the support and time given to us by volunteers and we are urgently appealing to people in Todmorden to join our team and help out by volunteering in the shop.

“We also know that many people may now be affected by new challenges from either redundancy or furlough and we offer a range of volunteering opportunities to those who may be impacted.

"We can offer taster sessions for those looking to get a flavour of what’s involved. So if you’re looking to develop new skills or simply make new friends, please give the Age UK Todmorden shop a call on ​01706819780​. Even small amounts of time can really make a huge difference.”​

Sandra Duxbury, a volunteer at the Age UK Todmorden shop, said: “Volunteering with the Age UK shop in Todmorden 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 Todmorden shop on 01706819780.