After a shoulder injury forced her to quit her job as a teaching assistant, volunteer Stephanie Attwood decided to use the creative skills she honed in her early career to give something back.
“This has brought so much to my life, I’m happier than I have been in years,” said Stephanie Attwood, 49, a Retail Volunteer at our charity shop in Marlborough, Wiltshire.
The mum-of-two is a window dresser, and her creative eye and attention to detail are essential in getting people through the doors of the shop – and, in turn, bringing in vital funds for pets in need.
It’s a role that she’s completely at home in - Stephanie had worked in retail in her early career before going on to become a teaching assistant after having children.
But when a frozen shoulder, which needed two operations, left her unable to return to the classroom, she looked to start volunteering with Blue Cross. And she couldn't believe it when she found a role that suited her so brilliantly.
“I looked at where my skill set would fit, and I noticed that there was a role at the Marlborough shop. It was perfect for me, and it only takes me 45 minutes to get there so wasn’t too far,” Stephanie, who has been in the role for a year, said.
“In my youth I used to work in retail as a window dresser and doing all the visual merchandising, so I thought I could bring these skills into my volunteering at the Marlborough shop.
“My manager is lovely and just gives me the window so I can do my art.