The staff are welcoming and friendly; I benefited from the complementary therapy; there was an unexpected level of carer support.
- Hospice patient
Volunteer to help in one of our shops
Our shops don’t just help us to raise money, they’re also a real part of the Warrington community.
Our shops are an essential source of revenue, allowing pre-owned items to be of value to someone else – while providing us with much-needed funds. We currently have 9 shops across the borough, staffed by 345 volunteers. But we always need more help.
Our shops are run mostly by volunteers – people like you who donate their valuable time to the hospice, helping us to keep our running costs as low as possible while providing a great service to our customers.
Would you like to help?
If you’d like to help, we’d love to hear from you. Special skills aren’t needed, as we provide on-the-job training – but you should have an outgoing nature and enjoy meeting people. We also like to hear from people who have specific retail skills – perhaps assessing antiques, for example.
How would I help?
There’s a fair range of things which always need doing in our busy shops. These include:
- sorting and displaying goods.
- pricing goods.
- serving customers and using the till.
- helping customers.
- helping to keep the shop clean and tidy.
- being a van driver’s mate.
- helping to move furniture at our furniture and interiors shop.
How much time will it take?
We try to be flexible, to ensure that volunteering doesn’t interfere with other things that you do. We do ask for a regular commitment of at least half a day per week, as it’s difficult to plan without this – though of course we always welcome it when people offer more time. Our shops are open Monday to Saturday, so we can usually provide hours which will suit you.
How do I apply?
It’s easy to apply: you can apply online, download an application form which you then return to us by post. Or, you can telephone 01925 575780 or e-mail us to ask for an application form. Once we have your form, we will invite you to an informal interview. We’ll discuss the most appropriate work for you. If your application is successful, duties are allocated and an induction and training are provided.
Are there any restrictions on who can volunteer?
The minimum age to work in our shops for a volunteer is 16. Otherwise, the only criteria are that volunteers must be in good health and physically capable of undertaking the work. We register all volunteers for insurance purposes. St Rocco’s Hospice operates an equal opportunities policy and applications are welcomed from all parts of the community.