Aberdeenshire advice charity Gordon Rural Action is calling for more volunteers to staff its popular charity shops, Review in Inverurie and Bargain Box in Huntly, where money raised is used exclusively to help local people.
Between them the two shops, at 49C Market Square in Inverurie and Gordon Street in Huntly, respectively, recycle/reuse more than 80 tonnes of furniture and thousands of books, CDs DVDs, bric-a-brac items along with clothes and textiles every year.
Staffed by a team of 11 volunteers at Inverurie and six volunteers at Huntly, the shops, which are open from 10am to 4pm six days a week, generate vital funding to support GRA’s advice centres in Huntly, Inverurie and Ellon.
The funding provided by the shops supports the work of more than 30 dedicated advisers who help people across central Aberdeenshire deal with benefits, welfare, housing, employment, consumer and debt problems.
Over the last 12 months, GRA’s advice centres have dealt with a record number of enquiries from local people seeking help with benefits, welfare, housing and employment issues and consumer and debt problems.
Over the 12-month period up to the end of April 2015, the shops’ income helped GRA’s advisers generate more than £2.4million in client financial gain, money which clients then spent to the benefit of the local economy.
GRA chairperson Sarah Flavell, said “The charity shops and the funds they generate are very important to the provision of GRA’s advice services and, directly, to the local economy here in Aberdeenshire, because our clients spend the money we help them recover from various sources in their own communities.
“We really do appreciate the generosity of everybody who donates items for sale and everybody who puts their hands in their pockets to spend their money in our shops.
“Crucially, every penny of the profit the shops make is spent to provide free and impartial advice to local people.” If you are interested in volunteering in either charity shop, call in at Review or Bargain Box or go to the website www.gordonrural.org.uk