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Wednesday April 11, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: Should we retain the trading bans on Good Friday and Easter Sunday?

Ilona Elwood-Smith, Johnsonville “Yes! Just plan ahead people!”

Shanuk Ali, Upper Hutt “Yes. People need a holiday. It’s a family time.”

Chanel Chousse, Johnsonville “Yes. They are family days and we don’t get many.”

Margaret Hensch, Khandallah “No. It would be so convenient.”

Selena Savaii, Porirua “No. Some mums are busy – it would be a good time to shop.”

Kylie Thorburn, Johnsonville “Yes… when you’re in retail it’s nice to have a couple of days off.”

LETTERS to the editor

Down side to volunteering Dear Editor I read with interest your article ‘Urgent need for volunteers’ at the Johnsonville Salvation Army Family Store (Independent Herald April 4, 2018). Volunteering has many advantages to both the organisation and the person volunteer-

ing and there would be many charities and organisations that would not function without their volunteer staff. However, getting a voluntary position is actually very hard and often an involved and lengthy process like applying for a paid job. Often a detailed application form is needed

requiring filling out multiple pages, along with a police check and references plus often an interview, providing a photograph for ID cards and in some cases attending an orientation or assessment with the organisation to assess your suitability. Many require your own transport and most don’t provide reimbursements for petrol and other expenses that you need to undertake the role. Some expect volunteers to pay for a uniform. Making the application process easier Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication.

may attract more people to consider volunteering. I understand the need for police checks if you are dealing with money or the role involves children or vulnerable people. Volunteering helps the community in a very big way …but gone are the days when you could just turn up to an organisation and ask to volunteer for them without the detailed application process. Megan Barber (Abridged) The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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