CHARITY: Help make a difference

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The average bag of items donated to Mind’s Alnwick shop is worth around £30.

This could support three people to take part in a group wellbeing session, or enable a pregnant woman to access support to help her understand and manage her pre-natal mental health.

But bags of stock are worth nothing if we don’t have volunteers to clean items, sort them, create displays and assist our customers.

Our shop relies on volunteers, which is why for this year’s Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7) we are telling them ‘you make the difference’, and asking the community how can you make a difference?

I am calling on readers to support Mind’s Alnwick shop by giving just a couple of hours, twice a week.

Volunteering is a great way to give something back to the community. It also provides a chance to develop new skills or build work experience, and can even support you in obtaining an NVQ.

I urge readers to pop in and find out more about how they can support us to help secure a better life for the one in four people who experience a mental health problem every year.

Jack Holloway,

The Mind Shop,