Much-loved singer and presenter, Aled Jones, is showing his support for The Salvation Army’s appeal for volunteers by rolling up his sleeves and giving his time at the charity’s Walton-on-Thames shop on Monday 6 June.
The Salvation Army’s charity shops play a vital role in raising millions of pounds each year to help vulnerable people in communities across the UK. They need regular support from volunteers.
Aled will be shown what it’s like to be a charity shop volunteer by learning everything from customer service skills to window dressing. He is hoping to inspire people to give it a go and help The Salvation Army’s appeal for more volunteers.
He said: “I have met lots of Salvation Army volunteers and I have been truly inspired by their generosity and commitment.”
The appeal comes as the UK marks National Volunteers' Week, which is being held between 1 and 12 June this year. The week celebrates and recognises the value of volunteers, and hopes to increase awareness for how fun and fulfilling volunteering can be.
Paul Wright, Head of Retail at Salvation Army Trading Company said: “Our volunteers make such a valuable contribution to our shops. We simply couldn’t do without them. Becoming a volunteer in our shops is a great way to do something positive for yourself and for your local community.
“There is so much you can help us with. Perhaps you have a flare for shop window dressing, maybe you’ve got great customer service skills or even have a good eye for an antique? No matter your experience, we provide all the training you’ll need.
“We run awards for our volunteers each year so that they get the recognition they deserve. We also offer nationally recognised qualifications that you can do while you volunteer, so it’s a great way to get ahead in your career too.
“If you think you can spare any time at all, from a few hours to a few days a week, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.”
Further details about volunteering and how to apply can be found online: salvationarmytrading.org.uk/volunteer-with-us. Watch a video of a day in the life of a Salvation Army shop: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkkH7cSoOXE
* Photo credit, Rob Haines