Award aims to pull in shop volunteers

A new award is being created to encourage more young people to volunteer to work in charity shops.

The Association of Charity Shops, which represents almost 6,000 outlets in the UK, has devised the initiative in response to fears that no young blood is coming through.

Executive secretary Lekha Klouda said: "The shortage of volunteers in shops is a problem. Many of the people we rely on now will be either too old or no longer with us in 10 years."

The first person to be named Young Volunteer of the Year, recognising exceptional commitment, will be named at the association's annual conference in July.

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