STUDENTS in Cheshire are helping some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and gaining vital workplace skills by volunteering at their local Barnardo’s store.
The children’s charity is supporting Student Volunteering Week (February 11-16), which aims to highlight the valuable work student volunteers do, raise awareness about the benefits of volunteering and appeal for more students to get involved.
Currently, 30% of Barnardo’s retail volunteers are aged 14-20, making a vital contribution to Barnardo’s work.
Karen Sparkes, head of volunteering at Barnardo’s, said: “Our student volunteers provide an essential service to the charity.
“Volunteering gives students the opportunity to develop skills, making their CVs stand out to prospective employers, and the chance to give something back to their community.
“So students, communities and Barnardo’s all benefit.
“Student Volunteering Week gives us the chance to celebrate our student volunteers and thank them for giving their valuable time freely to support our organisation.”
Barnardo’s has 15 shops in Cheshire, for a full list visit the following website: www.barnardos.org.uk/shop/shops.htm.