Seventeen-year-old Lucy from Dorking started volunteering for Rainbow Trust in November 2013 and she’s never looked back.

“I started volunteering for Rainbow Trust because I come from a family of eight, where I am surrounded by children, so a children’s charity was something that I felt strongly about. Plus Rainbow Trust looked like a community I wanted to be part of,”

The Benefits of Volunteering

“Before I joined Rainbow Trust, I was struggling like many of my friends to find part-time work which fitted around my college course. I felt that my time was more well spent volunteering for Rainbow Trust, than sitting at home doing nothing. Volunteering for Rainbow Trust, I have gained retail experience, learnt how to work with the public and it has given me a sense of belonging.”

New Skills

“I found out about Rainbow Trust through my college. We have a volunteering booklet which shows all the volunteering opportunities in the local area and I was having a look through and found an advert for Rainbow Trust. I instantly loved the idea of volunteering for this charity. I volunteer in the Leatherhead Charity Shop, so an average day for me includes talking to customers and answering their questions, working on the till, sorting and tagging clothes and other donated items, getting the clothes ready to go out on the floor and arranging the shop floor. I also take pride in the books being in height order, working with all the other friendly and amazing Rainbow Trust volunteers and I usually end up coming out with new clothes, toys and other goods which I buy in the shop every single time! Occasionally I help to run stalls and hand out balloons and even had the pleasure of dressing up as Zippy and walking round town meeting all the children. What an experience!”

The Rewards

“The best bit about being a volunteer is seeing that what I do as volunteer in the shop is helping to raise money to help families and their children. It is the most rewarding feeling. Another aspect of working for Rainbow Trust is that I love being part of the outstanding team staff, Family Support Workers and volunteers who are all lovely and passionate about what they do. Rainbow Trust has helped me gain a lot of confidence in myself and has made my love for Rainbow Trust even stronger than it already is.

Come and Join us…

“I would strongly recommend anyone to volunteer for Rainbow Trust. The work they do is truly inspiring and to be part of this and to help them is an absolute honour that I am incredibly proud of. Before I started volunteering, I never considered shopping in a charity shop instead of the big high-street stores. I was pleasantly surprised by Rainbow Trust’s shop. Our branch has rails of designer clothes, including items that have been donated by major high-street names. It is a pleasure to be part of the team, and the Rainbow Trust charity shops are well worth the visit! Thank you Rainbow Trust!”