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 20 January, it is holding an Open Week in its busy retail division, so if you fancy being part of this friendly team you can call in and have a chat to see if it really is for you.
Retail Operations Manager Sharon Hodgkiess (pictured right) said “Our shops, cafes and online sales contribute 25% 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 (pictured left), Volunteer & 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. Its huge distribution centre is just off Oldham Road in Ashton and has a number of different opportunities for volunteers. It needs volunteers with computer skills for its 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 the vans or help with deliveries.
If you think that this sounds like the ideal opportunity to become involved with your local community, get in touch with Mandy on 0161 330 1100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, just call into your nearest shop and have a chat to the manager or any of our friendly volunteers who will tell you why they love volunteering for Willow Wood.