Students from 14 years of age are volunteering in our charity shops as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Their regular commitment helps us to raise the money we need to provide vital care and support to terminally ill children and their families, and counselling for bereaved families, across the region.

Kate Goodman began volunteering at our Church Stretton shop as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. After completing the six months needed for her award she decided she was so enjoying the experience that she would stay on, and has now been helping out for over a year.

As well as developing her skills, Kate has gained confidence from spending time with the other shop volunteers and customers, and enjoys knowing how her volunteering is having an impact on the children and families who rely on our services.

“I used to like exploring charity shops and seeing what I could find,” recalls Kate. “So when I needed to do some volunteering I immediately thought of a charity shop. I love it here because everyone is so friendly.

“My favourite job is getting a massive box of donated books, CDs or DVDs and researching them online to find out their value. Anything unusual can be sold through Ebay to raise more money. Just this week we have had a huge box of Ordnance Survey maps donated and one of them has been valued at £120!”

Assistant Manager Karen Bradshaw adds: “Kate is fantastic, and it is brilliant for us to have someone who can come in regularly and spend their time researching values for us so we can identify the item’s true potential. Last year alone our store raised £9,000 from Ebay.

“Kate is a really important part of our team and gets on really well with everyone, volunteers and customers. We have other young people who come in to help too, either for a week’s work experience or for Duke of Edinburgh. We are all ages and it makes for a great dynamic.”

We have shops in Bangor, Denbigh, Llandudno, Wrexham, Chester, Nantwich, Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Wellington and Welshpool. All are constantly in need of volunteers of all ages to help with a variety of roles.

If this story has inspired you to want to find out more about volunteering for Hope House or Ty Gobaith find out more here