Excitement is building in Tavistock, as Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) prepares to open a new shop in town. DAAT’s Tavistock location will be its 16th shop in the county, and will open its doors on 7th November.
Martin Bell, DAAT Retail Director said, “We’ve been looking for a shop in Tavistock for many years but haven’t been able to find the right property to fit our tried and tested retail model. When we came across the premises at 9 Market Street we knew it was exactly what we were looking for.”
He added, “Retail derived income has been playing an increasingly significant part of our fundraising efforts and we have invested in developing our expertise, in retail technology and in staff training to ensure we provide a thoroughly professional service. We’ve now appointed a Manager and Assistant Manager and are very much looking forward to forging ahead with the shop fit.”
Not only will the shop be a new foothold in the community, but it will provide opportunities for those looking to get involved with DAAT.
Rosey Oakes, the Charity’s Volunteer Support Offer said, “As a brand new shop, we’re looking for a whole team of volunteers with roles available for everyone – from retired people looking to do something worthwhile, individuals wanting some work experience and students who are doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Duties could be anything from sorting, steaming, serving customers, looking after the books, CDs and DVDs, researching, cleaning or even helping with the window design!”
She added, “There are loads of really good reasons to volunteer. If you’re looking for work experience it’s great for your CV and your confidence – you’ll be learning new skills and dealing with lots of different people and situations. For those new to the area it’s a great way to meet people and make new friends. And don’t forget the feel-good factor you get from knowing you are doing something to help others!”
If you would like to volunteer at DAAT’s new shop, please email Rosey at email@example.com. Alternatively, after 26th October, you can call in and meet Annette Packer, Tavistock Shop’s new manager who will be at the store preparing for the opening.
Pictured: DAAT’s Tavistock Shop Manager Annette Packer