Capability Scotland has eighteen charity shops that support our work throughout Scotland. We have over 200 dedicated volunteers in our shops that help us with a range of activities to ensure our shops run smoothly day to day. Meet some of our amazing shop volunteers below and find out why they give up their time for Capability Scotland:
On volunteering at a charity shop…
“I have to say the most amazing thing of the lot, I know from lots of friends, and myself included, there is this misconception that a charity shop is just someone at the counter and someone at the back sorting out clothes. Since I started helping out here, I’ve found there is so much behind the scenes. You know there is one hundred and one things that when folk come into the shop they don’t see, they don’t need to see it, but it certainly has opened up my eyes to the work.”
On the personal impact of volunteering…
“I worked in the local government for 35 years and last May I took voluntary early release, I promised myself that I would look for something to occupy my time and that’s when I found this shop. Volunteering here has given me the confidence and belief that I can achieve things, it’s given me something good for my CV and it’s given me the chance to get out and meet folk and keep my mind active. I’ve met lots of new people and have many new friends from volunteering here, the social side has been a really big plus for me.”
On volunteering at a charity shop…
“I love volunteering here because you never ever know what’s going to be in a bag, it’s like a treasure trove every time you come in. You never know what’s going to be here! It’s great when you get interesting quirky things and you don’t quite know what they are. I enjoy doing a bit of investigation, going on the net and finding out what it is.”
On her favourite thing about volunteering…
“I have a lot of fun in this shop it’s a very, very, good team and we get on really well. There are a lot of laughs and it’s the team work, catching up with people’s social lives as well as what goes in on the shop. It’s real camaraderie, you feel very loyal to your shop.”
On why volunteering works for her..
The best thing about volunteering is that you can do it in the time you have available. As a Mum that was really important to me as there was only certain times of the week when I could volunteer – you can’t often do that in a paid job.
On her decision to volunteer…
“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I really enjoy coming into the shop, there is a great team of staff round about me who are very supportive and as well as getting the work done we have a great laugh too. I feel like I am more confident since I started volunteering, my family have noticed the difference too.”
On encouraging others to volunteer…
“I really enjoy helping out with Capability Scotland four times a week. It keeps me busy and gives me something to occupy my time. I enjoy the company in the shop and it is good to know that I am doing something to help other people. I would strongly recommend volunteering to anyone who is thinking about it, they won’t regret it.”
On why he volunteers…
“I want to join the parachute regiment, the skills I’m learning by volunteering have helped me a lot, for example I’ve learnt a lot of people skills by working on the shop floor. If you’re considering volunteering then definitely do it! It’s great work experience, it’s good for your CV and good fun.”
If you’re interested in joining our Shops Team then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!