Cannock-based national children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation is celebrating Volunteers’ Week (June 1 to 7) by encouraging customers to its ethical recycling superstore in the town to find out how they can help.
Volunteers are running a stand within the Newlife SuperStore in Hemlock Way, Cannock, talking to customers about the range of ways they can help the charity support disabled and terminally ill children.
Meeting customers on Monday were Abbie Rowley and Laura Nayes, who have been Newlife volunteers for four years and four months respectively. They de-label clothing donated by Newlife Trading Ltd’s corporate supporters – dozens of leading High Street chains and manufacturers – ready for sale in Newlife stores. Abbie is currently training for a qualification in retail and Laura has secured a place at Birmingham City University this autumn where she will study fashion retail management.
Abbie said: “We like supporting Newlife because of the great work the charity does helping disabled children.”
Visitors to the stand on Monday 3 June can also enter a raffle, to win one of three fabulous hampers.
Newlife Head of Operations Stephen Morgan said: “Volunteers can be anyone; people with time on their hands, students like Abbie and Laura looking for work experience, Duke of Edinburgh Award participants, those with disabilities or others looking to gain employment skills. National Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity for Newlife to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who gives up their time – whether on a regular basis or occasionally through targeted events – to help us raise the vital funds we need to support disabled and terminally ill children.
“Whoever you are, you can help children in your own county and around the UK by supporting the important work we do.
“We have the Newlife Opportunity Centre on site where people can come along to de-label clothing and prepare jewellery for sale. There is a real spirit of camaraderie among our volunteers and new friendships are forged across the worktables. We welcome new volunteers – either as groups or individuals – and offer them the chance to learn fresh skills, with the bonus of store discounts, references and news of Newlife job vacancies.
“Other volunteers take on direct fundraising roles. Some tackle high-profile sporting challenges like 10k runs and sky diving, committed crafters can make and sell handmade goodies, others host coffee mornings and jewellery sales with stock supplied by Newlife.”
Stephen added: “If you would like to join our top team, come along to the Newlife SuperStore this week – or call our community fundraising team on freephone 0800 988 4640.”
Pictured: Volunteers Abbie Rowley (left) and Laura Nayes, who have been sharing their experiences of volunteering with customers at the Newlife SuperStore in Cannock.