Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Courtney’s Blog: First class work experience at second hand store

Blog piece by Courtney Savage

“After being given the task of finding two weeks work experience, to end the first year at HACH sixth form, I was left stumped with where to apply to.

“After emailing various people, such as local newspapers, hospitals and other mental health related options such as Thurrock mind, it was obvious that not being 18 yet would prevent me doing anything relevant to future plans of studying psychology and also contribute to a healthy looking UCAS application.

Until the thought of Charity work came to mind. The British Heart Foundation, one of the UKs leading charities, aim to help people suffering from heart disease, and to prevent it through ‘pioneering research vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.’

For two weeks I volunteered at Lakesides British Heart Foundation shop. And at first I was rather dubious as to what to expect. However everything was great, sorting out donations, tagging, steaming, rotation and working on the shop floor.

But what made me choose to write about this, is the common perception of charity shops, ‘second hand’, the idea of broken or un wearable clothes. Which evidently was not the case in this charity shop.

“With tags still on under just half of the shop floor, from baby clothes to, men’s suits and woman’s dresses. A healthy portion of the shop were also designer, and in excellent condition, such as a full Yves Saint Laurent suit, diesel shirts, Ted Baker tops and various designer labelled childrens clothes. Even clothes that did not have tags on were still unworn, being from ‘corporate donations’ to a women’s delight as she was told the dress she was buying was donated from Next and unworn at a fraction of the price.
And though buying from a charity shop is not everyone’s cup of tea, the BHF is urgently appealing for donations, such as unwanted toys, books and clothes.

A perfect opportunity to catch up on the spring cleaning and also help towards funding life changing research. Volunteers is also what they need, to help keep the shop in the order, which is a perfect chance to accumulate skills and make friends, all why doing your bit for a life changing charity.

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