Here are some lovely stories below from young volunteers who have explained how volunteering has made an impact on their lives...
When I was 16 I was on a course called the Princes Trust. One of the requirements to complete the course is to do a two week work experience. I wanted to do waitressing or shop work so my team leader got back to me and said I could work one week in the Salvation Army charity shop, then one week in their café. I was thrilled to have two placements that I wanted to do. My first week was in the charity shop. On my first day I was quite nervous but the staff soon made me feel really welcome. As each day passed I was enjoying myself more and more and all too soon the first week of my placement was over so I had to make a decision: to work in the café or to work in the shop. I decided I would prefer to work in the shop because the atmosphere there was great. Working in the shop I learned a lot of new skills like how to use the till, managing stock, closing up a shop, customer service and lots of other useful tips to be successful when working in a shop. By the end of the two weeks I didn’t want to leave as everyone has been so supportive and friendly. I really enjoyed my work experience at the Salvation Army so much that I decided to continue volunteering there after my Princes Trust course had stopped. I have enjoyed my time there so much and I have now been volunteering for over a year and I love every day that I am in there.
In September 2014 I started an eight week work experience course through the job center at the Salvation Army Charity Shop in PERTH, after that eight weeks was up I decided to stay on as a volunteer. My time here has been amazing, the staff there are easy to get on with and work with. I have gained a lot of confidence and experience whilst having fun too. I would recommend joining as a volunteer here to anyone.
Where are you volunteering? Salvation Army Charity Shop in Perth
How long have you been volunteering for? Since 13th December 2014
What have you enjoyed the most about volunteering? Working with lots of different people. Meeting lots of different customers and learning/listening about their lives. I also enjoy the laughing and the banter and the different things I get to do.
What have you learned when volunteering? I have learned how a charity shop runs and how to be more sociable and friendly. I have learned how a business retail environment works and learned about cash handling.
How will your volunteering impact your future? It will help me to get a job because it has given me good experience and knowledge.
Where are you volunteering? Salvation Army, Charity Shop, South St, Perth
How long have you been volunteering for? About 3-4 months
What have you enjoyed the most about volunteering? The company I keep and I get a lot of satisfaction because I am helping my local community.
What have you learned when volunteering? The value of items. Ranging from jewellery to electricals and kitchenware to clothing. I have also learned about merchandising and customer service.
How will your volunteering impact your future? I know that through volunteering, I have decided what I would like to do with the rest of my life. I would like to work for the Salvation Army.