Volunteering? It’s blooming wonderful

Oxfam volunteer Alison House with the display in the Morpeth shop.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Oxfam volunteer Alison House with the display in the Morpeth shop. Picture by Jane Coltman

Charity shop manager Bryony Taylor was determined to take part in Morpeth’s efforts for Northumbria in Bloom but, rather than spend money on hanging baskets, set to work on a home-made display.

Bryony, manager of Oxfam in Bridge Street, and volunteer Paulette used donated materials, artificial flowers, fabric, broken jewellery and even chicken wire to make a dress out of flowers. The whole shop team chipped in to come up with a stunning display.

Bryony said: “The window demonstrates the variety that volunteering can offer. Whatever your passion or skills, you are encouraged to get involved in something that interests you.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of Oxfam, we could not reach the millions of people that need our support without volunteers keeping the shops running day-to-day.

“I asked my team to write a thought on what motivates them to volunteer to try and encourage those that are considering it to take that step and sign up.

“I hope that the display will help some people take that step and sign up – come along and read what our volunteers have to say, they really are a lovely bunch.”

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