Raymond Ross has been volunteering in our Lisburn ReStore for almost a year. After being diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression, his counsellor suggested he start volunteering.
I started volunteering almost a year ago, after I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression. My counsellor advised me to get out and about, and try volunteering. I saw ReStore and thought it would be the perfect fit!
The company, the team and the staff are amazing, like one big family. I've grown so much since I've been here, I've really come out of my shell.
I've volunteered in lots of charity shops before- so I do have retail experience!
Going out in the lorry is a definite favourite! Danny and Rab (the supervisors) are always great craic, and it's always a laugh!
I've grown so much in confidence at ReStore! I would never have been able to talk to strangers or knock on someone’s front door for a donation collection.
How welcoming everyone has been and how much I enjoy it! It's like I've known everyone for years!
Overcoming my depression. It's a long journey, but ReStore has directed me down the right path.
Working on the tills has probably been the most difficult thing, it's not something I find easy, but now I have confidence I never had before!
I couldn't pick one (I'd get in trouble!), everyone has been so welcoming and I wouldn't hesitate to talk to any of my fellow volunteers!
What they do is amazing. They help out in other countries, but also in out local community. It's inspiring.