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How to volunteer in a charity shop
How I did it: I stopped in a local shop and asked for an application form - simple as that. Filled it in, got a reference, handed it back and waited for them to verify all my details, which took three weeks.
Now I go in once or twice a week - chat with other volunteers, drink tea, sort clothing, clean things, tag and label, serve customers. I really enjoy it.
Lessons & tips: If, like me, you're not well and aren't able to take on full- or part-time work, this is a brilliant way of working up to it. I can choose my own hours, and gauge how long it might take me to feel capable of paid work.
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