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I live about two mins walk from the Walkerburn depot and I used to come in for a browse occasionally. One day Ruth the manager got talking to me and explained how I could get a referral to get a special discount. I found everyone to be very friendly. They all made me feel welcome and I've been volunteering ever since I bought my things. Helping here has greatly helped my self confidence. I would recommend it to anyone. Home Basics is an essential part of the local community and the more help it gets, the more it can help.
It's more interesting than sitting in an office. I've been useful and the work is practical. I will be able to put Home Basics as a reference having been out of work for a while. I've made use of the woodworking workshop and I've worked with some of the vulnerable volunteers to help them get the most from their volunteering.
I have been a Director for a few years. I help to run the charity and I attend the monthly board meetings that happen in the evenings.
I help with the Administration of the charity. I use the computer to help record the statistics of donations and sales. This means I can practice my computer skills. I have found Home Basics to be a friendly environment to work in and feel my confidence has grown since I started.