St. Luke’s CARES offer free retail skills training

There is a new training course running at St Luke’s CARES Charity shop on Dewsbury Road.

St Luke’s CARES received funding through the Health Lottery (Active Communities Health Amaze) which has enabled the charity run the TRY! project, providing free neighbourhood training in retail skills to help members of the community get back into training or employment. The course started at the beginning of May 2015, and already the charity has welcomed ten new members including existing volunteers. The free five week course is designed to help people learn more about how the charity operates and all about volunteering in their shop.

Linda and Angela

The areas of learning are:

  • Running a shop
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Consumer Law and Trading Standards
  • Customer Service and Displaying
  • Trading Standards

St .Luke’s CARES charity shops sell second hand furniture, bric a brac and clothes in Middleton, Morley and two shops in Beeston. The course begins by introducing the different projects St Luke’s CARES offers to young people in the community, including the social entrepreneurship programs such as Shine Nail Bar on Beeston Hill.

Course participant Catriona says “It was really nice to get out and meet new people. The social aspect of it was really good and the people were really friendly. I didn’t realise how much work went into running a charity shop”.

The course which takes place above the shop on Dewsbury Road lasts up to 5 weeks and people can choose from attending a morning: 10am-1pm or an afternoon class: 12-3pm Monday – Wednesday. Lunch is included. They are currently looking for new people to take part and join the course. No prior experience is necessary.

St. Luke’s CARES, hopes to help people involved in their local community by creating a supportive social hub, offering volunteering opportunities and new skills in projects that St Luke’s CARES provides. They are currently looking for more people to join the course. If you would like to know more information, please come into the shop and ask for Duncan or Lucy. Or you could call 07763 484013.

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