I’m so late with this post as it was Random acts of Kindness day, last month. And February just went by so quickly and it wasn’t the best month for me when it came to being productive on many social platforms and life.
The days are just flying by particularly since being in Lockdown, I myself reside in the UK.
I thought I would do a quick post on behalf of Random acts of Kindness day. As I’m a regular volunteer for a charity organisation in my community. And this day fell on the day that I actually volunteer on.
I guess this is my continuing act of kindness volunteering in my community, helping others in need. Donating my time for a worthy cause. I have been volunteering for this organisation since September last year. The organisation is Peckham Pantry, they are a membership scheme that will make your money go further. Members pay £4.50 per shop. In your shopping visit you’re able to get fresh fruit and veg and store cupboard items also chilled and frozen foods such as milk, cheese and poultry. I guess you can call this a value for shopping experience, compared to a normal shopping experience where you will be paying three times the amount for the same items altogether.
Peckham Pantry has become a very vital service in the area, especially now going through uncertain times since last year, and experiencing financial difficulties.
Peckham Pantry has two shops that are based in Peckham located in South London, but their are many other Pantry locations in the UK.
WHAT DO I DO?
Well I’m a Pantry Ambassador, my role is to welcome customers and assist them with their shopping experience. Explain the shopping process to customers. Make sure the Panrty is adequately stocked with food and presented well. Provide a listening ear if customers would like to talk or need further assistance. To assist with deliveries and stock. And assist with basic house keeping duties.
WHY DO I DO IT?
With life how it is, and not being in employment for a long period of time. I felt I needed to do something apart from the normal mundane day to day things I do. It was like each day I wasn’t working I felt I was feeling very disheartened and fed up with life, because I wasn’t doing anything really fulfilling. And not getting much sense of achievement and purpose.
WHAT DO I GET OUT OF VOLUNTEERING?
- Helping in my community
- Learning new skills
- Improving on my customer service skills
- I get a sense of accomplishment and purpose
- Working in a team, for the same aim
- Helping to provide a vital service to those in need
- Being part of a community
- Meeting new people
- If volunteering for a long period of time a good reference for job applications
- Doing something constructive with my time
- Boost in self-esteem and confidence
- Keeps me active
Peckham pantry are looking for volunteers.
Find out more about Peckham Pantry here https://www.pecan.org.uk/peckham-pantry
Other Pantry locations in the UK here https://www.yourlocalpantry.co.uk/