Welcome to our new Young Volunteers

Tuesday 02 November 2021

Two young volunteers, Destiny Hill and Kelsi Cooper, have recently joined the team at Dame Hannahs shop in Transit Way, Plymouth. Both from Mill Ford Special School, the girls spend two mornings a week helping out in the shop and warehouse.

Destiny’s particular interest is dolls and babies so she and Kelsi spend all their time sorting baby clothes, dolls and toys in the shop and warehouse. Destiny started volunteering last year and Kelsi has just joined this autumn. Their work in the shop is helping them to get ready for life after school and enables them to focus on their skills and interests.

Their teaching assistant, Stevie Caton, who accompanies the girls on their volunteering days, said “Volunteering for Dame Hannahs is a massive life change for the girls and has opened up a world for them outside school. All the staff at Dame Hannahs are so lovely and friendly. They have welcomed several young people with special needs and make them feel part of the team. The girls’ work is really helping to build their confidence and is great for their development in working towards their goal of being more self-sufficient”.

Dame Hannahs Community Engagement Officer, Debbie Lumsdon, said “It is wonderful that we can support young people in our community and to give them valuable work experience. Destiny and Kelsi are a great asset to Dame Hannahs and we really appreciate all the help they give us”.