Volunteering Opportunity at Wakefield Retail Learning Experience

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Turning Point's Wakefield Retail Learning Experience (RLE), is on the lookout for volunteers.

Based at shop unit number 2 at the front of the Market Hall, Wakefield, opposite Grosvenor House, the RLE gives service users within the Wakefield Districts Substance Misuse Services an opportunity to gain relevant qualifications and access support and advice around employment.

The initiative was implemented with support from Wakefield Council, the Wakefield City Centre Partnerships business support grant and Wakefield Market Hall management as part of the small business grants scheme. Turning Point's Accord Recovery Centre (ARC) was given the opportunity to take the scheme forward and the RLE opened in July last year.

Boasting a wide ranging collection of locally sourced produce, the RLE shop aims to support local tradespeople and reinvests profits back into the local community.

The manager of the RLE, Sean Glover, is now looking to recruit volunteers to service the shop and mentor clients through the education programme alongside a Turning Point Project Worker.

With plans to expand the project into a larger city centre retail unit and to develop a coffee house with the space for Mutual Aid provision on site, this is a great opportunity for a volunteer to play a role in an innovative and growing initiative.

Sean Glover, Manager of the RLE said; "Since opening in July 2013, the RLE shop in Wakefield has gone from strength to strength, offering clients from Turning Point' substance misuse services the opportunity to gain qualifications and find jobs. From the very beginning the RLE has been a fantastic initiative to work on and it continues to grow and develop. This role gives potential volunteers the opportunity to support long term recovery from drug and alcohol issues within a unique retail unit in Wakefield."

To find out more about the volunteer role please contact Sean Glover on 01924 334300