St Martins is often approached by high school students asking for work experience placements. In the past we’ve always declined due to the requirement of anyone who visits our services to be over the age of 18. Not anymore! Now we have our new charity shop open at Anglia Square we have been able to offer a work experience opportunity to a young person. Our first one has been awesome! 15 year old Tommy, a year 10 student at Framingham Earl High School, has been with us for three days this week replenishing stock, sorting clothes and greeting customers at the door.
Tommy has found it to be a positive experience. He appreciated the welcome he received and the fact that he felt part of the team straight away. Tommy’s mum works as a doctor with vulnerable adults so is aware of the needs of some of the people who access St Martins services.
Tommy wants to work in the charity sector in the future. He is aware of the general privilege he enjoys in his own life. He said, “it’s a good environment to work in. I think St Martins does noble work. I’ve looked forward to coming here every day. At school everything is given to you but here you use other skills like problem-solving and people skills.”
If anyone – of any age! – would like to volunteer at Donation Station, please contact Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy pictured left with some of the Donation Station team