Opportunities and support for older people in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
What’s your volunteer role? On the ‘shop floor’ at Bramley Community Shop.
I serve customers and put out goods and clothes.
How long have you been a volunteer? About 10 years, at first as a bus escort, then came to the Stanningley Road shop when it first opened.
Why did you get involved? I wanted to do something local that focused on older members of society, because other ‘causes’ are better supported.
Three words that sum up BEA for you? community, caring, fun
What do you get out of volunteering? I love getting to know more people from the local community. We’re all friends here and have a good laugh, so it feels much more than just a shop. And I spend loads on all the cheap clothes!
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself Years ago a friend persuaded me to go to a gym. I got on the treadmill at its slowest speed, and when I got off I was so light-headed that I had to be looked after!