The holiday volunteers

3011060 SSFF pdsa volunteers 'clockwise from bottom left: Chloe Wallace, Megan Reader, Chantelle Grubb, Grant Nolan, Cheryl Rae, Amber Hamilton, Vikki Hain - not in photo Casey Finlay, Adil Salim, Kirsty Laurie, Jim Lothian, Cameron Turk - all young volunteers at the PDSA charity shop in Kirkcaldy High Street
3011060 SSFF pdsa volunteers 'clockwise from bottom left: Chloe Wallace, Megan Reader, Chantelle Grubb, Grant Nolan, Cheryl Rae, Amber Hamilton, Vikki Hain - not in photo Casey Finlay, Adil Salim, Kirsty Laurie, Jim Lothian, Cameron Turk - all young volunteers at the PDSA charity shop in Kirkcaldy High Street

A KIRKCALDY charity shop has been overwhelmed by the response to their recent appeal for volunteers - especially from young people.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) opened its High Street shop in June and urged people to give up their time to help out.

Since then, a team of 22 regular volunteers has been built up at the High Street shop, with around half of them young people.

Jackie Brown, assistant manager said: “We now have around 10 regular volunteers under the age of 22.

“Many of them are in four or five shifts a week and they’re all giving up their summer holidays to help a fantastic pet charity.

“Youngsters get a lot of bad press, but our volunteers are reliable, punctual and ready to turn their hand to anything.

“They are involved in everything from steaming the clothes, to sorting out bags of donations and then serving on the shop floor.

“And they all seem to be really enjoying it.

Grant Nolan, a key volunteer, has been working five days a week to help get the store up and running.

New skills

Jackie added: “He has been a volunteer with the PDSA for the last four years and has been trained up to a level which is almost like being a full time member of staff.”

And although the hard work and dedication from all the youngsters is a huge help for the charity, the experience is proving invaluable for the volunteers themselves as they develop new skills and add a new dimension to their CV.

Megan Reader (17) said: “It’s great to work with the public and gain customer service experience.”

Chloe Wallace (14), the youngest volunteer, who is using her hours as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award added “It’s great fun”.

Animal lovers

Jackie told the Press: “I think they are all getting a lot out of it.

“We find that most of our volunteers, both young and old, are pet owners and wanted to do something for an animal charity.”

l The PDSA are still recruiting volunteers. Pop into the shop or call (01592) 646701 for more details.