Abbie Button, YMCA Bridport Charity Shop
Abbie has been volunteering for 13 months at YMCA Bridport Charity Shop, she comes with her carer Tracey Marles. Abbie has Autism and sensory processing disorder. When she started volunteering she was very quiet and shy, she would only work in the back store room with Tracey and did not talk or engage with customers or other staff. Within a matter of weeks, Abbie was talking to other volunteers.
Abbie now can do a very thorough shop walk and is able to design and display a window. Abbie is a happy, trustworthy volunteer who volunteers for up to 10 hours a week with the assistance of Tracey her carer. This is a massive breakthrough for Abbie as it has made her more confident in her surroundings and recently is willing to stay without her carer for short periods of time. Tracey hopes to build this into a longer period of time as she gains more self-esteem. Abbie has inspired other volunteers to step out of their comfort zone.