EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has visited the Scope Charity Shop in Seaside Road.

She met Area Manager Gemma Buick  and staff, after Shop Manager, Emma Andrews, invited her to drop in:

“Scope carries out important work, supporting disabled people and their families, across the country. I am incredibly proud to support the charity’s mission to achieve everyday equality for disabled people and support disabled people into the workplace. I really enjoyed spending time in the Eastbourne Shop. It was an excellent opportunity to see for myself the fantastic work.

Scope charity shops provide a chance for people to volunteer and offers the chance to gain National Vocational qualifications (NVQs). Volunteering teaches new skills and develops existing ones, while gaining valuable work experience. This looks good on a CV and is one of the reasons why potential bosses and colleges have so much respect for people who have volunteering roles on their CV. Volunteering is also a fun way to get out of the house, make friends, meet people and can help to build your confidence.

Volunteers are the lifeline at the Scope charity shops and duties range from sorting and steam cleaning bags of donated stock and making sure the shop floor is running smoothly. Other duties include helping customers find bargains amongst the clothes, accessories, books, CDs and DVDs on sale.

I would encourage anyone who has a few extra hours to spare, each week to consider volunteering in the Eastbourne shop. To find out more about volunteering, you can visit the shop on Seaside Road or go to the scope website at