New skills and confidence from volunteering

Sep 6, 2021

We have hundreds of volunteers who offer their time and skills to support our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our volunteers help Habitat in a diverse range of ways; from serving customers in our charity shops, helping our build team with repairs and maintenance, sewing curtains and administration support in the office.

The Pallet Project is a solely volunteer-led project, repurposing used pallets into re-saleable items for our ReStore charity shops. By creating handcrafted and useful items for sale, volunteers are also reducing the amount of waste going into the landfill. Project lead and long-standing volunteer Andrew said, “At the beginning of the project, we simply made bird feeders. We then began making letterboxes, seats, garden planter boxes and more. Volunteers are learning new skills which is encouraging to see.”

Mark is a youth mentor who has been helping on the project along with his mentee, Pita. Mark said, “My involvement with Habitat began when I was looking for something for the boys to get involved with where they could learn skills, work with a team, and see the impact Habitat is having. I knew it would be a positive environment for them to be in.”

Volunteering has given Pita new-found confidence. Mark said, “By being involved at Habitat I have seen him grow. His family and the support team have noticed this too.” We are humbled to work alongside such innovative, committed and passionate people who support others in need of decent shelter.