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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

 

 

Are you ready for Battleshops?

This autumn, Capability Scotland is encouraging companies to sign up to the Battleshops challenge. Battleshops is a charity shop takeover challenge which gives you and your colleagues a chance to show off your creativity and entrepreneurial skills – each team will be allocated to one of our shops and will compete to see who can raise the most cash on the day. If the company you work for allows for a day out of the office to volunteer then this could be great way to use that day. You can find out more about Battleshops on our website:

Back in May, two teams from Standard Life took part in the first Battleshops challenge in Edinburgh. One of the teams took over our shop on Nicolson Street, while the other went out to our branch in Corstorphine. Their challenge was a great success, with fundraising events held in the lead up to the big day, loads of stock taken in to the shops and both teams doubling the sales made on the same day last year. I went out to meet each team to find out how they made their Battleshops challenge such a success. Here are some of their tips:

 Get organised ahead of your big day

There should be an element of fundraising and stock generation to any Battleshops challenge. We ask each team taking part to aim to raise £500 for Capability Scotland, through fundraising before and in the shop on the day. Our teams from Standard Life raised £400 ahead of their challenge by holding a bake sale and quiz at the office, giving them a great head start. This is also an excellent way to raise awareness and let your colleagues know what you are doing to support a great cause.

“I’m new to Standard Life so it seemed like a good opportunity to get involved with my colleagues and help a good cause.” Sally

Incorporate your interests

If you have creative hobbies, why not use these as part of your Battleshops challenge? Debby Kelly, who was part of the team who took over our Corstorphine shop, is a keen jewellery maker, so she entertained customers by holding an instore jewellery demonstration. The beautiful bracelets she made were available for sale and helped raise more money for Capability Scotland.

“It’s enjoyable to design your own window display, and to have Debs making jewellery. You get to meet new people, and you are helping a great cause.”Yvonne Murray, Standard Life

The better the donations, the more money you raise!

The team who took over our Costorphine branch managed to get hold of some brand new Frozen dolls, still in their original packaging, which were nabbed by a passing customer almost as soon as they were placed in the window! The better quality of the items collected for your challenge the more likely you are to perform well on the day. We ask you to try and generate 10 bags of donations per team member so encourage friends, family and colleagues to help with collecting donations, and remind them that giving to a charity shop isn’t just about getting rid of old rubbish!

“I’ve got a disability, rheumatoid arthritis, which is an invisible disability. We had a few choices, but I immediately wanted to support Capability Scotland. When you’re affected by disability, it makes you think. We’ve really enjoyed the challenge. The folk at work have been so good. My friends and family donated masses of stuff – it was about 20 bags. And that’s good because then others get involved in the cause too.” Debby

Would you and your colleagues like to take part in a Capability Scotland Battleshops challenge? Please contact Lucy.Christopher@capability-scotland.org.uk

Guest Blog: Edinburgh Rotaract

Edinburgh Rotaract group have  given up their time on a number of occassions to support our work. Today, as part of our #VolunteersWeek posts, Alexandra Bannach-Brown has written a guest post explaining the different ways Edinburgh Rotaract have supported Capability Scotland and why they find it so rewarding! Continue reading Guest Blog: Edinburgh Rotaract

Guest Blogger: Why #IVolunteer

As part of our series of Volunteers’ Week posts, Laura Esplin a former Project Scotland volunteer, shares her experiences of volunteering on the programme and in the Capability Scotland fundraising team.

I started volunteering with Capability Scotland as an intern through Project Scotland. Like many people who volunteer through Project Scotland, my motivations were to gain some new skills whilst ‘making a difference’, or having a positive impact on the charity I chose to volunteer for. Continue reading Guest Blogger: Why #IVolunteer

Making a Difference…

Since joining Capability Scotland as Partnerships Manager just four months ago, I have seen lots of fantastic work take place as a result of corporate volunteering. By giving staff time away from the office to help charitable organisations, companies enable individuals to get directly involved in the work they do. This involvement might be practical, for example visiting one of our services to create a sensory garden for people with complex needs, or the task could be more cerebral, with volunteers using their professional experience in a ‘skill-sharing’ task. Continue reading Making a Difference…

Hats off to our volunteers

It’s always incredibly difficult to pick our Volunteer Team of the Year during Volunteers’ week. How do you choose between all the incredibly devoted people who give up their time week after week, year after year, to ensure our charity shops stay open and running smoothly, when all we can offer them in return is a heartfelt thank you and an endless supply of chocolate biscuits? Continue reading Hats off to our volunteers

If you do one thing this year… volunteer

Volunteer infographic
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Around one third of people in Scotland give up their time free of charge to help a good cause. A quarter of those people do so every week.

For charities like Capability Scotland volunteers are a lifeline. Volunteers help us to operate our charity shops. They look after Collection Boxes in shops and businesses throughout Scotland, raising tens of thousands of pounds every year. They donate their skills to help us solve problems or to enable us to do our work better. Continue reading If you do one thing this year… volunteer

Why I love volunteering at Capability Scotland’s Charity Shops…

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: Continue reading Why I love volunteering at Capability Scotland’s Charity Shops…

Help our Garden Grow

Meghàn McEwan is the Service Co-ordinator at West Lane Gardens in Johnstone which recently celebrated its twelfth birthday. For our very first blog post, Meghàn shares why the gardening group at the service is so important to the people that use the service.

West Lane Gardens is a wee service located down a small lane in the middle of a housing estate in Renfrewshire. It’s not somewhere you would expect Continue reading Help our Garden Grow