BARNARDO’S Cymru is encouraging people to make a New Year’s resolution to help turn young people’s lives around by volunteering with the charity.

Volunteering is open to people of all ages and abilities and the charity’s Cardigan store at Priory Street has one of the greatest age ranges, with 16-year-old student Kiah Huurdeman working alongside Muriel Diaz, 90,

Muriel has led an adventurous life as a nurse and midwife in Peru and still goes in to the Cardigan shop once a week to help out.

Shop manager Gill Coombs said: “Muriel is amazing, she’s been volunteering with us for 20 years and still comes in to do sewing for us.

“Working here is really rewarding, even if it’s just for a couple of hours each week as our volunteers are helping support our services and the people who need them so desperately.”

Volunteers at Barnardo’s Cymru shops carry out a variety of roles including sorting stock, serving customers and creating inspirational window displays

All Barnardo’s volunteers are given full training and on-going support. If you’re interested in volunteering then call into your local shop or visit

All money raised in Barnardo’s shops is used to help children and families who are supported by the charity, such as those who have been abused; who care for a sick or disabled relative or who have a disability.