Volunteering – a door to a new job

Theresa Eaves, manager of Age UK in Poulton.
Theresa Eaves, manager of Age UK in Poulton.
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VOLUNTEERING and working for free has proved to be the ideal route back into employment.

With a lack of jobs on the market and competition for vacancies fierce, people have had to make themselves stand out from a large crowd of prospective employees.

One of the more successful ways to enter the working world has been proven to be volunteering, as highlighted by one Poulton charity store.

Theresa Eaves, manager of the Age UK store, in Market Place, appealed for volunteers in The Gazette in September.

She received a huge response and was able to take on three volunteers in the shop, however, they have all gone on to find full time work.

Mrs Eaves told The Gazette: “I think it’s very good they have gone on to paid work. This is great experience and it helps people if they want a full time job instead of sitting in the house. I was sad to lose them but it was the best thing for them.”

All three of the volunteers acquired new skills and enhanced existing ones by working in the shop sorting items and dealing with customers.

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