I wish I had joined earlier

We rely on our amazing volunteers to help us run our charity shops across Scotland.  In today’s blog we meet Gema, Liza and Valerie who volunteer in our Morningside shop

“Volunteering at Age Scotland has been an incredible experience. I have had such an amazing time helping out in the shop, from doing different tasks to learning important skills. Volunteering has given me much more confidence in myself and a great feeling of achievement. I’m so grateful to Age Scotland Morningside for giving me the opportunity to be part of their team in supporting a wonderful cause.”, Valerie Duncan:

Valerie

Valerie dressing for success

“I have been volunteering at Age Scotland since the beginning of October 2013. When I started I had just moved to the Edinburgh and didn’t know anyone/didn’t have a job. Volunteering at Age Scotland Morningside was one of the best things I decided to do! I have made great friends and love spending time helping in the shop. Now I have a fulltime job and continue to volunteer on the weekends.” Liza Gaiga.

“I’ve been volunteering at Age Scotland for about a month and I’m so glad to have joined the team. Not only can I donate my time to do something good for others but also I really enjoy being in the shop and visiting with the other volunteers and managers. So I would invite other people to volunteer with Age Scotland. I wish I had joined earlier!”  Gema Romero

Find out more about volunteering opportunities with Age Scotland and the Silver Line Scotland.  If you are interested in volunteer in your local Age Scotland shop, you can just drop by for a friendly chat.

For Information, Friendship and Advice call the Silver Line Scotland on 0800 4 70 80 90

Annette’s Story

Annette has been volunteering at the Age Scotland charity shop in Stockbridge for six years.

Volunteer Week

I began volunteering after my mum passed away I was very low and in need of a reason to get up every day, the shop gave me that reason. I really enjoy the company and the good fun atmosphere in the Stockbridge shop.

We are a team and I feel part of it. I usually help sort and hang up stock and like to see the clothes selling and making money that way I know I’ve made a difference. Initially it took me 2 weeks to pluck up the courage to ask about volunteering and I’m so happy that I did its been a life changer.

Manager Amanda says “I’m very proud to have Volunteers like Annette. She is a key volunteer who helps us in the stockroom she is great at clearing deliveries and is an established part of the team. Im really pleased that after all these years Annette is still volunteering as i know how much of a challenge it was for her to start after the loss of her parents. Without Annette’s help processing stock we would not get lots of great stock out for our customers. ”

Find out more about volunteering opportunities with Age Scotland and the Silver Line Scotland.  If you are interested in volunteer in your local Age Scotland shop, you can just drop by for a friendly chat. Find our Edinburgh shops, follow on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

For Information, Friendship and Advice call the Silver Line Scotland on 0800 4 70 80 90

 

Putting the FUN back in FUNdraising

Jamie Robertson, Commercial Director tells us about how David Urquhart Travel are putting the FUN back in FUNdraising for Age Scotland

Jamie Robertson, David Urquhart Travel

Jamie Robertson piles the Age Scotland van high with welcome donations

Ever since David Urquhart Travel started working with Age Scotland early last year, we’ve been thinking of ways to help raise money for the charity – and hopefully have some fun while doing so! To start with we ran a very special holiday in conjunction with Age Scotland – ‘David’s Winter Tonic’ at the Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar. This was a great night away that was thoroughly enjoyed by all present – the perfect way to blow away the winter blues!

The staff in our East Kilbride office were keen to get involved and two of our hotels department (Linda Hughes and Clare McFadden) very kindly volunteered to distribute Age Scotland Charity Bags. We encouraged staff to have a post-Christmas clear out and were delighted with the response of 51 full bags! Everyone appreciated the chance to get rid of those unwanted Christmas gifts! We also ran a book sale during February which helped to raise money (and allowed for some bargains to be bought in the office). The fundraising culminated with our cake sale where the whole office participated in baking a variety of goodies as well as bringing in all manner of sweet treats. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a day for dieting! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and ate well, with some particularly impressive cakes on display.

All of these efforts helped us to raise almost £350 plus the charity bags and was a lot of fun for all of us and we know that the money will be put to good use. We’re already thinking of the next event and look forward to sharing the details with you!

 

Learning the fun way

The Saltire Awards have been designed recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering to voluntary organisations.

Brandon, a fantastic volunteer in our Dumfries shop is taking part, and the awards are helping him to record the skills, experience and learning he has gained.

Find out more about the Saltire Awards

Brandon, Age Scotland Volunteer

I started volunteering with Age Scotland in Dumfries after I left school and I didn’t want to sit about doing nothing. It has helped me gain skills which will be useful in a paid job. This includes working as a member of a team, taking instruction from managers and customer service amongst many others. I have learned that being reliable is important. I really enjoy coming into the shop because I get on well with everyone and I like the atmosphere. This is why I am happy to have done 500 hours volunteering.

Claire, Manager of Age Scotland, Dumfries

Since Brandon started with us in September he has really come out of his shell and gained a lot of new skills. He has become a key member of the team – he can be relied upon and work unsupervised. I’m really proud to see the development of his skills in such a short space of time and it’s great to see his contribution recognised by the 500 hour Saltire Award.

We enjoy having him in the shop as he has a great sense of humour and his cheeky character amused staff, volunteers and customers alike!

Interested in volunteering? Locate your nearest Age Scotland Shop
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Find out more about the Saltire Awards