Upon moving back to Ludlow I had applied for variety of jobs and had no luck or no reply, so I thought I’d apply for volunteer work to keep me busy/active. I looked online and saw The Furniture Scheme website. They were advertising volunteer positions so I applied. I attended a brief interview and induction. I liked what I heard and thought, ‘I’ll give this a go and see what it’s like.’
My first day was in the Yard (Weeping Cross Lane). I was shown the ropes and introduced to the staff. It first struck me what a great bunch of people they were – friendly, welcoming, helpful and they really appreciate the help I/you give them. The kind of people you really want to work with. I helped out sorting the showroom and the storage room. I was really surprised by how much stock the Scheme had. It just goes to show how much it is supported and respected by the public. It really is a fantastic service and really helps the local community and people who are struggling. A lot of customers popped in during the day too. I went home that night feeling really good, knowing I’d done a worthwhile job helping others.
My second day, I went out helping in the van, delivering and collecting with the driver. All customers said good things about the Scheme. I’ve been here 4 months now and have enjoyed every day’s work I’ve done for them. It really is a fantastic place to work. I’d recommend it to anyone. I went from nothing to do at home each day to doing something I really enjoy with a fantastic bunch of people. Every day is different. You get chances to do courses to enhance your CV, yard work, van driving, electrical testing, shop work, dealing with the public/customers, and recycling.
If you’re out of work or just want something to keep you busy, I highly recommend volunteering for the scheme. It was a turning point in my life and it gives me a great sense of pride too. The local community really benefits from it and it has massive support.
Help out if you can. I promise – you won’t regret it!
PS Pop in and have a look. They have a vast collection of furniture, electrical and bric a brac at fantastic prices.
June 3, 2014