Alison Campbell has always been a big fan of charity shops because they are the perfect place for a hidden gem.
After being made redundant, Alison began volunteering for two shifts a week in one of our shops. And it’s a role that comes naturally to her.
“It’s second nature,” she said. “I was a retailer for a long time. It’s what I do, it’s in my bones. It’s nice just to give something back and know that you’re helping people.
- Concern has six second-hand shops in the UK – all of them in Northern Ireland.
- Two are bookshops and four sell pre-owned household items and clothes.
- Concern’s first shop opened in the seaside resort of Ballycastle in north Antrim after the local community decided to support Concern’s response to the devastating famine in Ethiopia in 1983.
- Less than 10 years later, in another coastal town, Newcastle in Co Down, a group of women got together to open Concern’s second shop – this time in response to the deadly famine in Somalia in 1992.
- To date, Concern’s shops have raised over £3 million in donations to help the world’s most vulnerable people.
- Some of our shop volunteers have been with us for more than 35 years – now that’s commitment!
- It takes on average 24 volunteers each week to keep just one of our shops open.
If you would like to volunteer in one of Concern’s shops in Northern Ireland, please contact [email protected]