I started volunteering at Carlow Sue Ryder Charity Shop on July 6th 2018. It’s been a great experience for me that I recommend to everyone. And it helped me gain experiences I would never have gained elsewhere.
If I’m honest I personally chose to volunteer for selfish reasons. First of all I wanted to improve my english and my confidence. Second I wanted to got some new experience, some customer service skills and to avoid having a blank space on my CV. Also I like fashion, clothes … and in a future I will planned to got a job in a retail. Plus it was for charity.
As a volunteer in charity shop I was assisting in the day to day running of charity shop. I was helping to keep shop clean, tidy and presentable to the customers at all time. I was helping to sort donations, to prepare and price products for sale (bric-a-brac items, toys, books, shoes, bags etc). I was sorting, hanging and tagging clothes. I was helping to create window, dress manequins and specific areas of the shop (shelves, windows). Also I was helping customers on the shop floor, serving customers, operate the till. I was serving on our pop-up shop since open to closing.
I was treating my volunteering work like a normal job: I always being on time and I was doing all tasks what their managers gave to me.
I find my decision to start volunteering was brilliant because I have gained experience, new skills, worked with people I would never have met otherwise and learned more about how the charity shops function.
So Five months I was volunteering at Sue Ryder Charity Shop Carlow from 6th July 2018 until 23th November 2018.
`Carlow Sue Ryder Charity Shop is one of the biggest charity shops in the country, stocking a vast range of affordable items. They also have a bookshop stocking a great selection of books.
They sell nearly new clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and children. They also sell household linens, bric-a-brac, kitchenware, toys, DVD’s, CD’s and small items of furniture.
The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping older people live safely, securely and independently.`
- source: Carlow Sue Ryder Charity Shop