I volunteer at my local Age UK shop come rain or shine, helping in the running of the shop in lots of ways. One of my main responsibilities is looking after Gift Aid. It’s so important for charity shops to be able to claim back Gift Aid on any items donated, as it can raise huge sums of money. Whereas before I was responsible for producing the Gift Aid stickers manually, I recently took the lead on making the new shop printer ready for printing Gift Aid stickers. This new method will increase the shop’s productivity in a big way, hopefully increasing Age UK’s revenue for Gift Aid too.
Volunteering at Age UK has totally boosted my confidence and a whole range of other skills, and it’s always good fun. I really like the variety of tasks that I get to carry out when working alongside the Manager and the other staff, who are always looking out for ways to help me learn more. It’s great to know that I’m making a difference to older people across the UK at the same time.