Andrew felt valued as one of the team and enjoyed the people he was working with and the training he was receiving.
He stayed on as a volunteer after the placement had finished and, through dedication and hard work, managed to secure paid employment with us.
Andrew said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the placement, it got me into the workplace, improved my skill set, gave me confidence and got me a job.’
Mark, like many people, struggled to find employment but, once he took up a placement with us, found he was more confident and enjoyed making new friends within the shop. He learned the role and enjoyed it so much that he decided to stay on as a volunteer. Within six months Mark managed to secure paid employment with us.
Mark said: ‘Having a job not only helps you afford things that you couldn’t have bought but also makes you feel good about yourself.’
Helen previously worked as a care home worker and had no previous retail experience. The Salvation Army helped broaden Helen’s experience in the job market. Helen said: "I want to get back into the workplace and very much enjoy the work within the Salvation Army’s shop. I feel this is great experience for me or anyone wanting to work again and it adds so much to your CV. If possible I would like to continue to volunteer after my placement has finished."