Come and work in St Clare Hospice shop

Charity / Sun 22nd Jan 2017 at 04:42pm

ST Clare Hospice is supported in caring for local people with life-limiting illnesses by over 500 dedicated volunteers, with more than 250 of those kind-hearted individuals supporting the Hospice’s eight charity shops. The charity’s shops help to raise a combined total of more than £380,000 each year – a vital contribution towards the Hospice’s running costs.

As part of a New Year campaign, the Hastingwood-based charity is calling on Harlow residents to support their local Hospice in 2017 by signing up to join their ranks of shop volunteers. The shop volunteer recruitment campaign aims to recruit another 50 retail volunteers across their eight shops, each signing up to give a regular weekly shift.

Fiona Eaton, St Clare Head of Retail, said: “Our volunteers in the St Clare shops really are the lifeblood of the Retail Team. Without their dedicated commitment to volunteering as cashiers, sorters and customer service assistants, we simply could not operate. Although we have a fantastic number of volunteers we are always in need of more people to join us. As our shops grow and donations increase, we are in ever greater need of new people of join our teams.”

Commenting on the benefits of volunteering in a St Clare charity shop, Fiona Eaton said: “Volunteering in a St Clare charity shop does more good than you might imagine – for the volunteer themselves, as well as the hospice. Scientific studies have shown that volunteering has a whole range of health benefits – lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and boosting happiness. So volunteering really does make you feel good, when you do good!”

Fiona Eaton continued: “Volunteering in a charity shop is also a great way to gain experience and new skills in a retail environment. We are able to offer Duke of Edinburgh placements to students looking for a volunteering opportunity, and it is also a great way for people to enhance their CV and gain vital on-the-job experience.”

Tracey Chippett, Assistant Manager at the Harlow St Clare charity shop, said: “We are currently seeking new volunteers to join our team in the Harlow shop. Whether you are recently retired and are looking for a worthwhile way to keep busy, or have a few spare hours while your children are at school, we would love to hear from you. Could you give a shift?”

Tracey Chippett continued: “The team at the Harlow shop is such a close-knit group and we really support each other. Volunteering in a St Clare charity shop is a great way to make friends and gain new skills, or put current skills to good use! What better way to spend your spare time than by helping your local Hospice continue to provide its compassionate care – which is available for free to all the people of Harlow.”

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in the St Clare Hospice shop, Unit 2A, St James Centre, East Road, Harlow, CM20 2BJ, phone the Shop on 01279 639760 or email [email protected]

To find out about volunteering in any of the other eight St Clare Hospice shops, visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/shop or call the Retail Team on 01279 773732

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