If you have a few hours to spare each week we’d love you to come and join our amazing team of retail volunteers. Together they make an important contribution towards the funds raised for the Hospice. This enables us to provide quality care and services for the local community at a time when it’s most needed.
Linda Boden (pictured) volunteers one day a week at St Luke’s at Northwich. She took early retirement and when her Dad died it left a big hole in her life as she had been going over to Liverpool to look after him.
She went into our Hartford shop and chatted to staff about volunteering and they told her we were looking for extra volunteers across all of our shops.
“I was looking to do something to fill my spare time and also give something back,” said Linda. “I really enjoy it and always look forward to going in and helping.”
A typical day as a St Luke’s volunteer
Working in a charity shop is different to working in a normal retail environment due to the nature of our business. Receiving and dealing with donated goods is a large part of the role; they all have to be sorted, steamed and labelled ready to go out on display.
Like high street retailers, we rotate our stock regularly and according to the seasons so our volunteers are also involved in this process. There is a lot of competition on the high street too so our volunteers can help with enticing people into the shop by creating attractive window displays. Once a customer enters the shop, we want to give them a pleasant experience which makes them want to return; volunteers play a crucial role in helping to make this happen too.
Our shop manager at our Northwich shop is Heather. “There is so much variety to the role and we offer full training in all aspects of the shop. If someone has a preference on what they help with we try to accommodate them but the more flexible they can be the better for the shop. One thing’s for sure, there’s always something to do!”
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To find out more about volunteering and to register your interest, please complete the short form below.