Name and Shame Report

DEBRA Charity Shop, Aug 2014

I emailed DEBRA before I began the placement, pointing out that I was not volunteering and that I had been coerced into accepting under threat of benefit sanction. I relayed this to the manager when I arrived at the shop to work. I detailed my reasons for not being happy to do the work, but at no point did I refuse to do it. I pointed out that being a charity they must have a strong ehtical foundation, and that using me would no doubt contradict their ethical stance. He said he would contact admin and be in touch. I did not work at all, but I did not refuse to. I am not relishing the thought of having to appeal a sanction, when I could be spending the time looking for work.