Scope UK is a charity that work with disabled people and their families at every stage of their lives to ensure that they can have the same opportunities as everyone else.
I first helped by handing out donation bags, these are for people to fill and bring back to the shop with any unwanted items. I then worked upstairs where all the donation bags are emptied and sorted into different areas.
It is important for charities like Scope not only to get the charitable donations but also to have the volunteers to keep the shop running. In the Knaresborough store they have helpers of all ages some of whom have disabilities themselves and the volunteers I met certainly enjoyed helping out.
What some people don’t realise is that working in a charity shop is also a great way for young people to gain practical, hands-on experience in the retail industry.