Charity offers volunteer places for unemployed youngsters

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A CHARITY wants to help out young unemployed Wearsiders by getting them to volunteer in its shops.

Healthcare organisation Sue Ryder helps those with long-term and life-threatening illnesses and wants to recruit two young volunteers for each of its 390 stores.

The call comes as part of National Volunteers’ Week, which was launched on Monday.

Tracey Mealing, head of volunteering at Sue Ryder, said: “We have a good reputation for preparing volunteers for the work place.

“One in five work-aged volunteers find paid employment after spending time with us and by recruiting more young people we inject more youth and vibrancy into our shops, so the benefits are mutual.

“If each of our shops manages to recruit two young people, we will boost our 9,000-strong army of volunteers by almost 800.

“We feel that we can give them valuable work experience and skills that will help them get a job.”

Sue Ryder offers about 400 volunteering positions on its website, including fund-raising and human resources roles.

Those interested in finding out more can email volunteering@sueryder.org or call 020 7554 5900.