Experience, enjoy, repeat: Contribute to community with Willow Wood

IF you’re feeling a bit lonely now that the children are back at school, if you’ve recently retired and are looking for something worthwhile (and enjoyable) to do or if your New Year’s resolutions are to contribute to your community and make new friends, then Willow Wood can help.

Between Monday 15 and Saturday January 20, they’re holding an open week in their busy retail division, so if you fancy being partof this friendly team you can call in and have a chat to see if it really is for you.

Retail operations manager Sharon Hodgkiss said: “Our shops, cafes and online sales contribute 25-per-cent of the £2.3million needed to maintain our services, so it is a very important part of our fundraising activity.

“With the busy distribution centre servicing our shops and holding clearance sales, and our vans collecting and delivering furniture, it’s easy to see why we need a great many volunteers in our retail operation.”

Mandy McDermott, volunteer and community manager, agreed: “It’s an ideal way to learn new skills, gain experience and to share your knowledge and expertise.

“Although we’ve had taster sessions and open days before, it’s the first time we’re devoting a full week to volunteering, and we’re hoping for an influx of new, enthusiastic volunteers.”

Willow Wood has eight shops – two with cafes – so there is sure to be one which is convenient to you. Their huge distribution centre is just off Oldham Road in Ashton and has a number of different opportunities for volunteers.

They need volunteers with computer skills for our Ebay and Amazon team, volunteers with an eye for a designer label or vintage piece to help sort out the many goods which are donated on a daily basis, and volunteers who can drive one of our vans or help with deliveries.

If you think that this sounds like the ideal opportunity to become involved with your local community, then please get in touch with Mandy on 0161 330 1100 or email: mandy.mcdermott@willowwood.info

Alternatively, just call into your nearest shop and have a chat to the manager.

Willow Wood are also looking for volunteers to join their receptionists and become the first face people see when visiting the hospice, or you could become part of the fundraising team, helping organise or run events.

For more information, visit the Willow Wood website: www.willowwood.info


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