From 19th – 25th February 2018, Student Volunteering Week will celebrate the contribution and impact of student volunteers across the country and aims to encourage even more students to get involved.
As well as financial donations, St Luke’s relies on the help and support of volunteers to keep operating and we are always on the lookout for new volunteers who would like to offer a small amount of their time to help in our charity shops.
Volunteering at St Luke’s – your local charity
Not only does offering your time to a good cause make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but volunteering at St Luke’s will also help you to:
- Gain experience in a workplace – with compulsory work experience a thing of the past in many schools and colleges, it can give you a feel for what the workplace is actually like and provide you with something to put on your CV
- Learn new skills – no matter what you want to do in the future, you’re guaranteed to take something away with you; from working with the public to putting your creative side into practice making eye-catching window displays or using the till – and we can give you all the training you need
- Receive a reference – we can provide you with a reference which can be advantageous when applying for employment or university
- Gain in confidence
What’s it like to work in a charity shop?
At St Luke’s we have eight charity shops across Mid and South Cheshire as well as our Warehouse in Winsford. 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. Volunteers can also help to entice 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.
One thing’s for certain, there’s never a quiet day!
Volunteering is open to anyone aged 16+ and is flexible around your other commitments. To find out more, please complete the form below or contact Pam Ford on 01606 555690.