Long-time customer at Habitat ReStore, Joan decided that she wanted to get more involved, and volunteer once a week! Read about her ReStore experience below.
I have been going in and out of ReStore Lisburn since it opened. I was fascinated by all the pre loved items they sold. The atmosphere within the store was always so friendly and it was a great place to browse around. It inspired me as a place I would like to be involved with.
There is a great atmosphere in the store and it is a pleasure to be part of it.
I worked as a teacher for many years so am used to working in an organisation and as part of a team. As a hobby wood-turner I have some knowledge of tools and these things have been useful. I honestly think I am learning more than I am giving.
I’m gradually learning the different skills needed to help keep the store running smoothly. From managing the till to filing pricing labels or setting out stock safely.
I have been amazed at the variety of items which can be reused or repurposed. From kitchen door catches to the full kitchen. From a door handle to a door. The shop caters for so many needs.
Having been out of a work environment for many years just being back to the discipline of working hours and taking on the responsibility of working the till was very challenging.
I think Habitat does an amazing job. Through ReStore I feel the fact they are encouraging people to reuse resources, both the people who donate and the customers who buy the donated items. This is such an eco-friendly way of raising money for people in need of homes