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Why Volunteer?

Volunteers’ Week takes place from 1-7 June each year. It’s an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK through volunteering in their communities.

So, why do people want to volunteer?

There are many reasons. For some, it’s a fulfilling way to give back to their community and become part of that community. It can also be a great opportunity to meet new people, socialise and make new friends. Volunteering gives you the perfect opportunity to learn new skills and can be a helpful

stepping stone to starting your first job or transitioning between jobs, as well as giving you something to put on your CV.

Since lockdown, some volunteers have said that volunteering has provided them with the opportunity to get out of the house again, create a routine in their lives and give them a sense of purpose. And there is of course the altruistic side of volunteering; many people say that helping others makes you feel great in return!

Why volunteer at Penicuik Storehouse?

Penicuik Storehouse is proud to be an inclusive organisation and everyone is welcome to volunteer with us. Our friendly volunteer team has people of all ages* and abilities, and we also welcome those who wish to volunteer as part of their Duke of Edinburgh or Saltire Awards. (* minimum age 13 years old)

You can choose to do a bit of everything or focus on one bit that interests you - Up to you! Our shifts are all in 3 or 4 hours slots so if you have 3 or 4 hours a week to spare and fancy giving it a go, please get in touch with us on

Here are what some of our volunteers have to say!

“A good team environment”, “I call it my happy place”

“My wellbeing has improved”

“I have met more of the community and feel part of it”

“The perfect foundation to start a new part-time paid job

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