Meet the Volunteers (Dalry Shop)

Following the success of our own ‘meet the volunteers‘ campaign, of which the latest release can be viewed here, we have decided to extend our interviews to different Save the Children shops, starting off with a local: the Dalry shop in Edinburgh.

Some interviews may have been edited for length and clarity. Many thanks to Val for conducting these interviews!

 

Name: Lauren

Age: 25

Shift: Various

Adjective to describe yourself: Fun-loving

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Look after my four year old son

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 6 months

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: To meet new people

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Being on the shop floor

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Enlightening

 

Name: Lily

Shift: 3 days a week

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: I stay at my home

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 30 years!

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: (Very) good

 

Name: Edward

Age: 59

Shift: Tuesday Morning, Friday afternoon

Adjective to describe yourself: Helpful

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Act as a carer, walk dogs

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 4 years

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: A friend of mine asked me to help

What do you like to do most in the shop?: The people

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Fun

 

Name: Dave S.

Age: 48

Shift: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

Adjective to describe yourself: Imposing

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Garden

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 3 years

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: Because Lily works here

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Everything

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Amazing

Dave Snelus- Save the Children.jpg

 

Name: Dave H.

Age: 70

Shift: Wednesday morning

Adjective to describe yourself: Fat!

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Walk, read, birdwatch

How long have you been volunteering here for?: Over two years

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: To do something useful

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Pricing, sorting, steaming

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Enjoyable

 

Name: Carina

Age: 25

Shift: Mornings

Adjective to describe yourself: Energetic/Outgoing

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Work

How long have you been volunteering here for?: Four months

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: Because I liked the people!

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Culling, sorting out clothes, steaming

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Fulfilling

 

Name: Indhu

Age: 24

Shift: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Badminton, hanging out with friends, swimming, going to the gym

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 2 months

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: For work experience and to improve my communication skills

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Decorating window and working with the team

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Wonderful/Fresh

Indhu - Save the Children.jpg

 

Name: Sheethal

Age: 26

Shift: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Swimming and badminton

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 2 months

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: To gain new work experience and improve my communication skills

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Working in the team (I enjoy everything!)

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Awesome

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Sheethal in red and blue dress

 

Name: Boursfiud

Age: 21

Shift: Wednesday to Thursday

Adjective to describe yourself: Smiley

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: I am a French student

How long have you been volunteering here for?: One month

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: Work placement

What do you like to do most in the shop?: To connect with people

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Wondrous

 

Name: Clotilde

Age: 23

Shift: Monday to Friday

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: I am a student in France

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 2 months

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: This is my internship – I want to see how a store is organised, and improve my English

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Checkout (work on the till)

Clotilde - Save the Children.png

 

Name: Sona

Age: 20

Shift: Varies

Adjective to describe yourself: Sociable

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: I work at Tesco

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 1 year and 2 months

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: My friend was volunteering here

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Checkout (working on the till)

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Happy

 

Name: Harsora

Age: 29

Shift: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Nothing

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 20 days

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: Work experience

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Culling

 

Name: Barbara

Age: 37

Shift: Monday and Wednesday afternoons

Adjective to describe yourself: Curious

What do you do when you are not volunteering?: Looking after my daughter

How long have you been volunteering here for?: 6 months

Why did you decide to volunteer here?: To gain experience

What do you like to do most in the shop?: Arranging clothes

Word to describe your volunteering experience here: Enjoyable

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