Worcester MP Robin Walker has praised the positive work being done at charity shop Scope in Worcester, after spending the afternoon as a volunteer and learning more about the work being done by the charity shop.
Robin rolled up his sleeves and got stuck into life as a volunteer after receiving an invitation from shop manager James Highfield-Buckely to meet the team at Scope and see first-hand the important role of a volunteer.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of charity shops and Robin’s responsibilities included sorting bags of donated stock and steaming the clothes before going on the shop floor. He also helped to ensure the shop floor was running smoothly and helping customers find bargains amongst the clothes, accessories, books, CDs and DVDs on sale.
Robin welcomed several initiatives that the Government has introduced to support individuals with disabilities including Purple Tuesday, an inclusive initiative highlighting the huge potential of disabled consumers’ £249bn spending power, and Disability Confident helping to employ and retain people with disabilities.
As Worcester’s MP, Robin was encouraged to see the impact that Scope is having in the local community. Scope charity shops also provide a chance for volunteers to gain National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), whilst at the same time developing new skills and gaining valuable work experience.
Speaking about his day at Scope, Robin said:
“Scope carries out important work, supporting disabled people and their families across the country. I am proud to support Scope’s mission to achieve everyday equality for disabled people and support disabled people into the workplace.”
“I enjoyed my time volunteering and helping the hardworking staff in the Worcester Scope shop. Recently we have seen huge advances in disability awareness in the UK, with nearly one million more disabled people in employment over the past 5 years. There are so many skilled and capable people across this country, and especially in Worcester, and I am happy to see employers taking full advantage of the great talent on offer.”
“This was an excellent opportunity to see for myself the fantastic work they are all doing to help raise funds for this great charity whose services do so much to support disabled people and their families in the country. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a hidden gem and a bargain, or is able to volunteer some time, to visit the Worcester Scope shop.”
Speaking ahead of Robin’s visit, Manager of Scope James Highfield-Buckley, added:
“We are all very excited about Mr Walker visiting us. To have such a high-profile member of the community support Scope’s mission to achieve everyday equality for disabled people is incredible.”
“It’s bound to be another very busy day at the shop, but we all promise not to wear him out too much. Our volunteers are extremely important, and we wouldn’t be able to run the shop effectively without their support and we’re very pleased he will be able to see their hard work, first hand.”
“I hope his visit will inspire other people to think about volunteering and donating their pre-used items to Scope in Worcester.”
Notes to Editors
For more information on volunteering in Worcester, see:
Scope charity shop is at: 17 St Swithin’s St, Worcester WR1 2PS.
Scope helps to support disabled people and their families across the country.
Scope is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. For more information go to www.scope.org.uk