Taking the cue from my last post, here’s an idea for volunteering if you’ve always wanted to play “shopkeeper” – at Barnardo’s Charity Shops. This is an especially good idea for students, and a wonderful way for your teenage children to start on charity work in a way they understand.
In case you didnt know, Barnardo’s has been helping abused and disadvantaged children and the youth since 1867, when young Dubliner Thomas Barnardo set up a school for poor children. When he later found children living in London’s streets, he opened his first home for boys in 1870, and a girls’ home soon followed.
Since then, Barnardo’s has been at the forefront of Children’s issues today, following Mr.Barnardo’s vision: that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination.
If this is an issue close to your heart, or something you would like to learn more about, read on:
Volunteering in a Barnardo’s shop
Whether you’re good at counting pennies, you’ve got a creative streak or you’re good at sales, there’s a whole range of exciting tasks awaiting you in our shops!
Pick out the best from the shop floor to create innovative window displays; work on the till and meet people from all walks of life; or even rummage through the donated items in search of all sorts of treasures. There may even be the opportunity to run events within the store. Managers are always looking out for good new ideas, so will be open to any suggestions you may have.
Volunteering in Barnardo’s shops is popular amongst students regardless of the focus of their academic studies, as a way of gaining some invaluable skills to boost their CV. You’ll develop your team working, problem solving and people skills amongst many others, and if you are eventually looking for a career in retail you can have experience in a wide range of areas that large high street retailers would not be able to offer.