berwickshire High School pupils have been using their free school periods wisely and helping out at the Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service (BAVS) shop in Duns whenever they can.
The link up between the school and charity has benefited both – the pupils gaining invaluable experience and the busy charity shop getting the help of willing volunteers.
“The income earned from the shops and wheels transport projects are put back into other BAVS projects to give free support to Berwickshire people,” said Philippa Wetton of BAVS.
“That is why our volunteers are so important to the success of our organisation and we greatly appreciate whatever time and level of support they can offer. We hope in return that our volunteers benefit from gaining new skills and experiences, having fun and making new friends, increasing confidence and self esteem.
“The students have gained experience of working for a recognised local charity, taking part and helping organise local fundraising events as well as increasing their customer service and retail skills prior to moving on in life, be it university, college or directly into the employment market.
One young volunteer, Carine Marchand said: “It would not be an exaggeration to say that finding a place for all of us proved difficult, as BAVS has many generous volunteers.
“Through this work we have met many different people who have kindly ‘shown us the ropes’ and been very supportive. The experience has definitely prepared us for the world of work which is extremely important and difficult for young people today. Working at BAVS is incredibly fulfilling and we hope to continue volunteering and use these skills in the future”.
For more information about BAVS services, support and volunteering opportunities please contact Tony Fowler or Philippa Wetton on 01361 883137 or visit our website www.bavs.org.uk