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New Year bonanza calls for army of Shelter volunteers

A Shelter charity shop on Western Road, Brighton, has been flooded with new year donations from generous local people – and has sent out an urgent appeal for volunteers to join them at the front-line of the housing crisis by helping sort and sell the new stock.

Shop manager Joanna Osborne said: “We’ve been fortunate enough to be inundated since Christmas, as people give away their unwanted Christmas gifts, or have a new year clean-out of their cupboards and drawers. We are getting some fantastic items through the door.

“But our shop is kept going by our local volunteers, and now more than ever we could really do with your help.

“We’ve been tackling the housing crisis in this area all year, but if you’d like to help us in the fight, then volunteering at our shop is a great way to do it. It’s a great way to start off the new year with a small commitment to make big change with Shelter – and you can even get official training and qualifications on the way.”

There is no minimum or maximum age to volunteer at Shelter, and the charity is especially welcoming to young people, new or expectant mums, and people living with disabilities. Full training and supervision is provided.

To find out more about flexible volunteering opportunities, or you have quality items of your own to donate, please call the shop on 01273 736126.

Find Shelter at 93 Western Road

Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 9:30am-6pm Sun: 11am-5pm