An Altrincham charity shop is calling for volunteers to dedicate some time to the shop's free alterations service.

Sue Ryder’s Altrincham shop is marking Volunteers Week 2024, which runs this week starting today (Monday, June 3), by calling for people who are passionate about breathing new life into lacklustre, preloved clothing, to offer their time to the shop’s free alterations service. 

The shop has an impressive vintage and retro collection and is hoping local people with a creative flair and love for mending will donate their time and sewing skills to assist the shops convenient alterations service, which offers locals the opportunity to have their clothing items mended and revamped free of charge. 

Messenger Newspapers: Volunteers at Sue Ryder’s Altrincham shop work on a fashion pieceVolunteers at Sue Ryder’s Altrincham shop work on a fashion piece (Image: Sue Ryder)

Volunteers will be able to choose which items they feel most comfortable repairing, with most needing minor work, such as sewing buttons, fixing zips and tears, sewing fallen hems and other minor adjustments.

All materials including sewing kits, a sewing machine, needles, scissors, and other tools will be provided in store. 

Volunteers can also tackle revitalising items that need a creative touch before they can be sold on as unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Sue Ryder is a palliative and bereavement support charity which helps people approaching the end of their life or living with grief to access the support they need.

Commenting on the need for upcycling volunteers, Sue Ryder Altrincham Shop Manager, Aida Sadrossadat, said: “With people now feeling the effects of the cost-of-living crisis and society in general being more informed about the environmental emergency affecting our planet, the latest in fashion one-upmanship seems to be rejuvenating old pieces of clothing.

Messenger Newspapers: A volunteer at Sue Ryder’s Altrincham shop takes on some minor repairsA volunteer at Sue Ryder’s Altrincham shop takes on some minor repairs (Image: Sue Ryder)

“Whether it’s a dropped hem that needs fixed or an item that needs a design overhaul, our service is allowing local people to reuse and recycle everyday items free of charge, cutting down on waste and saving money. 

“If you are someone who can easily turn your hand to minor sewing repairs, and enjoys bringing clothing back to life, we would love to hear from you.

“This role is extremely flexible, you can choose to do as much or as little as you please, with my team on hand to offer advice, support, and guidance along the way.” 

To helps as an upcycling volunteer in Altrincham, call the shop on 0161 928 0056 or visit their website to register for a taster session.