Lincolnshire charity’s bid to recruit army of volunteers for shops after lockdown

A charity that provides free end-of-life care and support to people with a life-limiting or terminal illness is hoping to recruit an army of volunteers to its 25 charities across Lincolnshire.

St. Barnabas Hospice is looking for a new injection of volunteer help ahead of reopening April 12th.

Volunteers are required to staff the registers, sort donations, welcome customers back, and organize online sales.

Caroline Peach, retail manager at the hospice, said: “The past year has been a challenge for the hospice.

“We are currently losing around £ 1,000 a day due to COVID restrictions.

“The income is currently heavily burdened because most of it had to be closed last year and unfortunately our major events are not taking place at all.

“However, we are very happy that we can open up again.

“We would appreciate any help, and no commitment is too small.

“If you can only make short-term commitments, we can offer arrangements for those who may have gaps between jobs or have time during summer vacation.”

Chris Wheway, managing director of St. Barnabas Hospice, Dane Jakins, warehouse logistics manager, and Caroline Peach, director of retail at the charity’s fundraiser.

She added, “Our volunteers ensure that we can run our business smoothly and that customers can support us with their generous donations and purchases.

“The role means receiving and processing donated goods, steaming and preparing clothing for sale, and encouraging buyers to give away their donations.

“The job also includes rotating and replenishing the items for sale and pricing them according to guidelines.

“Volunteers also play a vital role in representing the hospice and providing information about the services we offer our clients.

“We’ll also show you how to create attractive shop windows and an inviting environment in the workshop.

“By the time training is offered, you are learning not only others, but also new skills.”

The stores are also looking for people who are familiar with running eBay or Depop online sales profiles.

In order to get the most out of the hospice’s eBay, time has to be spent researching, photographing, listing and packing items.

Similar skills are required for running the Depop account, which also requires a focus on fashion and a knowledge of what styles are in demand in order to maximize sales.

For bookworms, research and a feel for the exhibition is what the hospice is looking for.

Steve Bond, Volunteer Service Manager, added, “Volunteering with us is diverse and flexible and there is sure to be a role that will work for you. It’s also a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and improve your resume with valuable experiences.

“For those looking to take on more responsibility, volunteers can receive training and support to open and close the store and make money in the manager’s absence. This is a good CV work experience.

“We welcome volunteers from all areas.

“You just have to be over 16 years old.

“However, if you give a Duke of Edinburgh Award, you can volunteer in one of our stores from the age of 14.”

There are rules for PPE and social distancing so volunteers can be guaranteed a safe work environment.

Call 01522 518221 or email [email protected] for more information.

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