Frome charity shop to feature in national volunteering campaign
A FROME charity shop is being featured in a national campaign to inspire more people to consider volunteering.
Judith Loughlin, manager of Barnardo's in Kingsway Precinct, was invited to share her experiences of recruiting and motivating her team of helpers.
Her blog is being used by Community Service Volunteers (CSV) in support of their Make A Difference – Get Inspired campaign which runs throughout October.
Mrs Loughlin said: "We wouldn’t have a shop if we didn’t have our volunteers. They’re vitally important and every hour is always appreciated.
"Our own team currently consists of 24 volunteers from just 14 years old up to an amazing 89 years old, and the longest-serving supporter has been with us for 17 years.
"The key to success is to provide a fun atmosphere and an enjoyable experience where everyone is treated equally, and truly cherished and respected.
Mrs Loughlin said some ofthe younger volunteers use working at the shop as something to add to their CV.
added: "Some add something to their CV while still at school or college, or to build their self-confidence; others simply see it as a way to make a positive contribution to society. We even have a couple of volunteers who have just moved to England and are using the experience to improve their language skills."
The blog can be viewed at www.csv.org.uk/difference
The Frome shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
The shop always welcomes donations of good-quality clothes, books, toys, games, accessories and Bric-a-Brac.