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Willzy first began his ReStore experience as part of a joinery course work placement. Since then, through the JobStart scheme, he has become a member of the ReStore Ballymena staff team, as a Retail trainee. Read about his ReStore experience below.

Why did you sign up to volunteer at ReStore, and how long have you been a volunteer? 

I have been with ReStore Ballymena for 9 months, starting with a work placement for my joinery course through The Rutledge Group. When this was finishing, I saw an advert to become a paid Retail Trainee with ReStore through the JobStart Scheme and applied. 


What motivates you to keep coming back? 

I enjoy getting out of the house and engaging with other people. At ReStore, every day is different and interesting. 

What skills, qualities, or experience do you bring to ReStore? 

I am very sociable and love chatting with everyone – customers, volunteers, and staff – about how their day is going and how I can assist. I also enjoy using my joinery skills to build furniture in the store. 

What’s your favourite task? 

I am open to doing anything at ReStore and appreciate the variety of tasks – especially serving customers at the till, participating in van collections, and assisting with House to Home projects. 

What have you learned during your time at ReStore? 

I have learned about the importance of working together in a team. Additionally, I had the opportunity to obtain an OCN qualification in Retail Business with Matt – he was such a great teacher. 

What has surprised you about working at ReStore? 

I have gained insights into working with the public and the rewarding and challenging aspects of it, which will undoubtedly assist me in my future roles. 

What’s been your highlight so far? 

I have loved the people I've met at ReStore – as unique as everyone is, the team comes together well! 

What has challenged you at ReStore? 

Figuring out how to assemble furniture without instructions can be a bit of a nightmare, like solving a jigsaw puzzle without a picture. However, it's quite satisfying when you figure it out. 

What’s the thing that inspires you most about Habitat’s work? 

It's nice knowing that every item we sell in the shop goes to help people who really need our support. It makes the day-to-day work around the shop feel really important. 


To learn more about the volunteering opportunities available in ReStore click here, or you can read more volunteer stories here

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