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MBWS seeking Strand St shop volunteers

Thu, 23 Jan 2020

The VIP Store in Strand Street - credit:
The VIP Store in Strand Street - credit:

Manx Blind Welfare Society is looking for people to volunteer at its fundraising shop, The VIP Store, in Strand Street, Douglas.


The shop, which opened in November 2015, has proved a great success, selling good quality pre-owned clothes, books, ornaments and small items of furniture. 


The name was chosen as VIP not only means Very Important Person; it is also shorthand used for Visually Impaired Person.


MBWS hopes more volunteers will come forward to support the small team and assist in the day-to-day running of the store. 


Volunteering opportunities include serving at the till, putting out stock, sorting through donations and transporting items to the shop from the Society’s headquarters in Onchan.


Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson said: ‘The aim of the shop is to provide a sustainable source of income which can support the Society’s work with blind and visually impaired people here in the Isle of Man.


‘Even if you only have a little time to spare, just a few hours could make all the difference. You don’t need any experience as full training will be given, but it would be helpful if you can work independently or with limited supervision.’


MBWS say anyone thinking of volunteering can call 674727 or visit the shop.


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