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Do something positive this lockdown and register to become a charity shop volunteer

Charities across Cumbria are recruiting more volunteers to work in their shops after lockdown

Dedicating time to volunteer in a charity shop can help save lives, improve the welfare of animals and raise money to support vulnerable children.

Charities across Cumbria are calling for more volunteers to help make a difference in their shops after lockdown.

The Government says it plans to lift the current restrictions by December 2 and charity shops are looking to find new recruits to have in place for when they are able to re-open.

Cumbria CVS is hosting a virtual information session on Friday 20th November to let people know of the opportunities available. Hospice at Home, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity, British Heart Foundation, Barnardo’s and Samaritans are among those looking for new volunteers.

Judith Smale, County Volunteer Support Officer, says: “Charity shops in Cumbria need more volunteers for when they re-open in December. When we come out of lockdown many of the existing charity shop volunteers are needing to stay home as they are older so we are appealing if anyone who does have some spare time and would like to find out about retail volunteering to join the Charity Shop Volunteer Recruitment Event.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity to speak directly with charity shops in Cumbria and find out about the wide range of volunteering opportunities available. The event is virtual so anyone in Cumbria can join in from the comfort of their own home to find out how their time can make a difference as a charity shop volunteer.”

Judith says retail volunteering is a great way to gain skills and experience, meet new people, be part of a team, enhance your CV and improve your confidence and self-esteem. There are a range of opportunities available, from sorting, pricing and tagging donations, helping on the shop floor and creating window displays, to social media and online sales work.

“If you have some spare time to offer and would like to make a difference in your community, join us to find out more,” Judith adds. “Do something positive this lockdown and register your volunteer place.”

The Virtual Charity Shop Volunteer Information Session takes place from 12pm to 1.30pm online via zoom.

For joining details email [email protected] or call Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350.