Enterprising South Cheshire College students are giving a helping hand to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by working voluntarily at one of its stores.
Public and Community Services Foundation degree duo Lee Armstrong and Jordan Smith are putting in weekly shifts at the BHF’s Furniture and Electrical store in Crewe.
The pair are working at the shop for several hours every Friday where they carry out duties in the warehouse and test out products before they go on display in the store.
They approached a number of shops directly offering their services free of charge and the BHF agreed to take them both on.
The British Heart Foundation is a charity that funds research, education, care and awareness campaigns to try and prevent heart diseases.
It has a large chain of charity shops throughout the UK which include the Furniture and Electrical shops which are staffed by approximately 20,000 volunteers.
Lee and Jordan are both playing key roles at the store during one of the busiest periods of the year in the run-up to Christmas.
They are clocking up the volunteering hours they need to complete for their Public Services course and are also gaining valuable experience in the workplace at the same time.
They are required to do up to 40 voluntary hours outside college but are likely to clock up way more than that.
Lee, 19, of Crewe, said:
“It has been a great experience working at the British Heart Foundation and it has given us a great insight into different cultures and the way that the organisation works.”
Jordan, 19, of Crewe, added:
“We both enjoy working here. We have part time jobs in Wilkinsons and Asda but this has been a new experience and a bit different for us both.
It’s great because it ticks the boxes for the volunteering hours that we need to do for our course as well.”
The pair, who took part in a week’s training with the organisation before starting work, are being supervised at the Crewe store by Warehouse Assistant Laura Eyres.
“Both Lee and Jordan have been a massive help here during one of our busiest spells.
We’ve been very impressed with the work they have done and we’ve enjoyed having them here.”
Lee and Jordan are in the final year of the Foundation degree course at college but hope to go on and complete the third and final top-up year at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
Public Services courses equip students with the skills they need for a career in the armed and uniformed services.
College Tutor Karen Ramsay said:
“Lee and Jordan are really enjoying working at the BHF and helping to make a difference.
They have really got stuck into their tasks at the shop and are enjoying giving something back to the local community.”
For more information about Public Services courses at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk