Jamie Hayden has recently hit a huge milestone of 1000 hours volunteering at Crest Co-operative. A cabinet maker by trade, Jamie started his volunteering journey in March 2017, using his craft skills to make bespoke items out of wood such as bird nests, garden planters and specialist furniture. The wood that Jamie uses on his projects are reused rather than recycled and are then sold back to the local community.
“It’s very rewarding, volunteering at Crest”, Jamie says. “I meet new people every day, and really feel part of the Crest team.”
But Jamie hasn’t limited his time at Crest to just making items out of wood, he’s developed himself as a bit of an all-rounder; building flatpack furniture for retail, and providing support on the vans helping out with household collections, helping deliver and collect white goods from wholesalers too. He also helped build new shelving for Llanfairfechan foodbank to help with their storage of emergency food to the homeless and needy. “I’ve been made to feel very welcome by everyone since day one. We have a laugh as well!”
One funny story Jamie recalls is how a customer asked “do you make wood?” “I make stuff out of wood!”, Jamie says in jest.
Jamie’s time volunteering at Crest has been incredibly beneficial for his personal life. “The help and support I’ve had from Crest has helped me recover from a difficult period in my life”, Jamie explains.
Using his expertise in cabinet making, Jamie has found a new niche in the Crest shops, giving advice to customers when it comes to purchasing preloved wooden furniture “It’s an often-overlooked part of the job; speaking with customers.”, Jamie goes on to explain. “Because of my background I can give support to customers when needed on whether or not it’s worth buying certain items of furniture. I enjoy speaking to customers, you never know who will come in!”
Jamie’s volunteering story continues on, and his commitment to the organisation and the local community continues to demonstrate through his voluntary work at Crest.
“I owe Crest a big thank you for giving me the chance to get me back on my feet and help me find a new direction in my life”.
To become a volunteer at Crest, please call 01492 596783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.