Thank You Volunteers!

To mark National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) we have been busy thanking our amazing volunteers. Area Shops Manager Rosemary Vyse visited some of our charity shops, which generate essential income to help us run our services, to personally show her gratitude. We simply couldn’t operate our shops without our fantastic volunteer teams, and we really appreciate all their hard work and dedication.

Joan Hellyer began working in our Bagshot shop when she moved to the town 8 years ago. “I wanted to do something useful and when the shop opened I joined the team,” explained Joan, who used to work as a nurse and midwife. She is now one of their longest serving volunteers working one afternoon a week, whilst others love it so much they do several shifts from Monday to Saturday. “It’s just such a nice and fresh shop and volunteering really makes you feel you’re supporting the local community. It also provides a social aspect, which is wonderful when you’re retired.”

Since the shop opened, it has been under the management of Tony Dawes. “I am very thankful to all my volunteers, who always help pull together. They work hard but also have a fun time together and I think that is key to why volunteering is so rewarding,” said Tony.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur shop in Walton-on-Thames opened nearly 6 years ago and here Frida Lauenti has been volunteering ever since. “It’s such good fun helping out here and you’re doing something good for the community at the same time which I really like,” explained Frida, who also works part time at John Lewis. “This is such a bright and friendly charity shop and I love the customers. If only people knew that with a few hours each week they can make a big difference to people less fortunate than them, I think more would volunteer,” added Frida.

Our shop volunteers help with a wide range of tasks such as serving customers, sorting donations, steaming of clothes and replenishing stock, and they are vital for us to operate our 17  charity shop. But we are always in need of more volunteers to help us. Our Walton shop has recently had to close some Sundays due to the lack of volunteers, which means a loss of donations and income. “We’re here to support the Hospices and local community and it’s always sad when customers make the trip in vain to see us,” explained Shop Manager Denise Penycate. She knows employers always appreciate people with volunteering experience on their CV, and therefore hopes more people will join the shop teams and give volunteering ago. “Whether you’re looking for your first job, are in between positions or retired, we would love to hear from you,” said Denise.

Anyone aged 16 and over can apply to volunteer and full training will be provided. So if you have positive and friendly attitude and can give the gift of time please get in touch with your local Woking & Sam Beare Hospices shop and speak to the manager. You can find your nearest branch here.

Alternatively call our Volunteer Services Manager Mary Morgan on 01483 881750 or send an email.

You can find out more about our various volunteering roles here.