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Emma’s making an impact locally as part of the volunteer team at Habitat Restore Ballymena

Emma volunteering in ReStore Ballymena.

Every year, Habitat ReStore helps 45,000 local people access low-cost materials

Habitat ReStore enables local people to improve their homes at low-cost, diverts tons of reusable waste from landfill, and supports people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to learn new skills.

Local woman Emma Patterson from Ballymena, has volunteered in ReStore for almost two years.

Emma said:

“I started volunteering in ReStore to push myself out of my comfort zone. Now, over a year later, I feel like I can do anything!

“I have been so supported by the staff and volunteers in ReStore Ballymena, I’ve even got a part-time job thanks to the experience I’ve gained from volunteering.

“Even though I now have a job, I’m still going to volunteer in Habitat ReStore, I know it makes a big difference to the Ballymena community.”

Volunteers usually help out for a shift of four hours every week. Tasks vary from customer service and administration to fixing donated items and helping with collections in the lorry.

Emma Patterson, volunteer at Habitat Restore Ballymena, with volunteer supervisor Joe Lyttle.

Jenny Williams, Chief Executive of Habitat for Humanity Ireland said:

“We so much appreciate all that volunteers like Emma bring to our work. We believe that everyone has something to give and something to gain in building community and we see that happen at ReStore; people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities work as a team.”

If you have a few hours to spare each week and want to help the local community, we would love to hear from you.

Apply online at www.habitatni.co.uk/restore or call the store at 028 2565 3243.

Habitat ReStore is based at Bridge Park, Larne Road in Ballymena and stocks donated new and used building and home improvement materials, including bathrooms, kitchens and plumbing supplies. ReStore is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm.

Habitat ReStore

Habitat ReStore is the low-cost DIY store that builds sustainable community, directly tackling poverty here on the island of Ireland.

The first ReStores in Europe are delivering real impacts for local people and the wider community in Lisburn, Ballymena, Newry & Newtownards.

By selling donated new and used building supplies and home improvement materials ReStore enables local people to improve their homes at low cost.

ReStore provides skills and employability training for people of all ages and backgrounds and diverts tons of reusable waste from landfill.


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Phone: 028 2565 3243

Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm



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