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Volunteers’ Week 2016

Volunteers’ Week 2016

It’s Volunteers’ Week again – the week when we officially celebrate the hard work and achievements of those who give up their time to help us with our work supporting disabled adults and children across Scotland

Volunteersshop poster are a vital part of Capability Scotland’s shops’ team. Without them we simply couldn’t run our 14 shops across the country. People like Paddy, Diana, Mary and Fiona – who give their time to our Morningside shop and were awarded this year’s Shops Volunteer Team of the year accolade – all contribute in so many different ways to making our shops a success. It was lovely that we were able to highlight their efforts with a poster display thanking them individually for the unique skills they bring to the shop.

Charity retail is unique in the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes sorting and preparing the public’s lovely donations ready to be sold and it’s nice to be able to acknowledge these often unsung heroes like Diana and Fiona who work tirelessly mainly in the back making sure the shop can run smoothly.

This ybettyear our Kirkcaldy shop moved premises from The Postings Shopping Centre to a new location at the North end of the High Street. Our April 2016 volunteer of the month Betty, played a key role in the shop move. Betty, who has a background in retail, and has volunteered with us for two years since taking early retirement was able to put her skills and experience to good use in helping the move go as smoothly as possible.

And our team of volunteers are not just happy volunteering in store. Many of them have undertaken fundraising challenges and events on our behalf. One of our volunteers, Stephen even enlisted the help of his four legged friend, Susie, to raise money for us by taking on a massive climbing challenge which saw him conquer seven Munroes over a 40k trek.

Our volunteers do so much and it wouldn’t be possible to list each one of them here. Volunteers’ Week gives us a focus to shout about all they do for us but of course we are grateful for their efforts all year round and we are always looking to welcome new volunteers to our team. We have opportunities in our shops across the country and we would love to hear from you if you are interested in helping us with our work.

Get in touch with your local shop to find out more about volunteering opportunities in your area.

In the meantime have a great Volunteers’ Week

 

 

Sophie’s style file: #Christmas Sparkle

I return to my computer for another style file and find myself drawn to discussing the weather again, well we’re British after all. With Autumn officially over, we’re again fixated in analysing how quickly the nights turn black, despairing at the time you have to put the heating on, and the old favourite, ‘you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark!’ And so, as the weather gets more miserable I seek solace by turning my attention to the fun that lies an advent calendar away.

Tis the season to party!

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning for party season. December always seems a time for me when I’ve got a lot on but not necessarily with the same crowd which means I can make do with one or two outfits for all my festive nights out. I do like to pick up something new though, and given how expensive Christmas can be, charity shopping can be a no brainer.

If you could see through to the back of a Capability Scotland charity shop you’d see we have pens with bags all piled up of sorted stock with ‘winter’ ‘summer’ and even ‘Christmas’ on them. We try and save things to make them season appropriate and to look more appealing. That’s not to say a rogue volunteer won’t try (and succeed) in sneaking a bikini out in November, but generally it’s not a coincidence that come December 1st all the sparkly dresses come out just like the other high street shops.

Dress up at dress down prices

To kick off this month of festive finery Capability Scotland is launching its #Christmas Sparkle event in its Morningside and Stockbridge shops starting this Friday (27th November).

In Stockbridge you’ll find dozens of little black dresses as Patsy our shop manager came over all Audrey Hepburn. In our Morningside shop Lisa has been saving the most amazing party frocks and gowns in all the colours of the rainbow and is encouraging shoppers to ‘dress up at dress down prices.’

Examples of the fabulous bargains to be found during the promotion includeI the most amazing BCBG Max Azria black dress (above) From the delicate lace capped shoulders to the flamenco style skirt, this dress is slightly unusual but has fashion staying power well beyond turkey and tinsel time. The detachable belt means you can add a pop of colour or toughen up the look with something more substantial. New, this dress would have cost over £300 but you can pick it up at a fraction of the price at our Stockbridge shop this weekend.

So what are you waiting for get yourself along to our Morningside and Stockbridge shops and get your #ChristmasSparkle on

Happy Shopping and Happy Christmas!