Boss of Bury St Edmunds YMCA shop calls for more volunteers

The YMCA shop in Bury St Edmunds has been refurbished and is in need of more volunteers and donations. ''Pictured: Manager Carolina Miliauskaite and 'Angela Fordrey, senior manager at Haverhill YMCA. ANL-150127-152645009
The YMCA shop in Bury St Edmunds has been refurbished and is in need of more volunteers and donations. ''Pictured: Manager Carolina Miliauskaite and 'Angela Fordrey, senior manager at Haverhill YMCA. ANL-150127-152645009
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The new manager of a Bury St Edmunds charity shop has said she wants to ‘change the perception’ of them while calling for more volunteers and donations.

Carolina Miliauskaite, manager of the refurbished YMCA, in Cornhill, is new to the charity but is determined to raise public opinion of the shop.

“The new building looks really good and is very different to what was here before, but there’s a very vintage look about the shop at the moment,” she said.

“It is still a charity shop and we are still raising money for one, but we want to change the perception of charity shops where people come in and expect things to be old and of bad quality.

“When people look in they are surprised by what they see, but we want them to know we are supporting the YMCA.”

Carolina wants to remodel the refurbished YMCA as a smarter sort of charity shop.

“What we want to do is sell really good quality items in good condition,” she said. “We are trying to keep the shop as nice as possible.

“We want people to feel like they can shop here, we are trying to be different but so many people are unaware we are here. We need their support.”

As well as wanting more volunteers, donations from furniture, books and bric-a-brac to clothes, jewellery and music are also needed.

The shop currently has two volunteers, but Carolina says more are needed to help the shop grow.

“We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in things like art or fasion - it’s a great opportunity for them to get creative,” she said.

Angela Fordrey, senior manager at the Haverhill YMCA shop, has been helping at new Bury branch since its reopening.

“The landlords have refurbished the shop and changed the layout, and now they are leasing it back to us,” she said.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering is asked to get in touch with Carolina on 01284 718629.