Alice’s story

My time at Paper & Cup was really, really good in so many ways. I was there from the beginning, sorting through the books and looking at sandwich websites for new ideas.

Getting to know the staff and the other volunteers and feeling valued and trusted and part of a team are things and feelings I had not experienced in a long time.

"Getting to know the staff and the other volunteers and feeling valued and trusted and part of a team are things and feelings I had not experienced in a long time."

What was really good as well was that there was nothing to hide. The experience of work, learning new skills, showing up on time, having responsibility not just for yourself but as part of a team- are all things that really only having a job - even an unpaid one - can teach you.

The experience has been invaluable. It was also a lot of fun.

And I really liked that you could go at your own pace, you could hide in the back doing the washing up and when you felt more confident you could chat to the customers.

(Names have been changed to respect anonymity.)


Read more stories of personal transformation in The Accidental Hipster, SCT's 50th anniversay magazine (PDF, 5Mb)

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