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
Volunteers 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 year 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.
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→
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→
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…→
Thousands of people across the country raise this amount regularly through a wee box that sits on a shop counter. You’ve probably seen one and forgotten about it seconds later, but these boxes really can change a person’s life. Continue reading What would you buy for £15?→
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→
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→
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…→