12 January 2018

Opportunities Galore, Online & in Store!

Are you a keen eBayer or do you have a nose for rooting out hidden gems from donated items?  Or perhaps meeting new people in a retail environment is more your bag?  If either of these sound appealing then local charity Rennie Grove Hospice Care would like to hear from you.

Rennie Grove provides care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancerEbayer and other life-limiting illness and their families. Every year through its responsive 24/7 Hospice at Home service, Family Support services and the range of day services at Grove House in St Albans, the charity gives thousands of patients the choice to stay at home, surrounded by their families and friends.

Rennie Grove’s eBay “virtual charity shop” is a successful and growing source of income that helps raise essential funds to support the care the charity provides to local patients and their families. Rennie Grove is looking for new members to join its existing team of volunteer eBayers.  eBay roles include specialists who can pick out individual items that may fetch a good price online; listers who can create appealing and accurate listings and packers who can securely wrap and dispatch sold items.

These roles are all based at the charity’s retail and trading office in Berkhamsted and volunteers are required for Thursdays and Fridays and on Wednesday afternoons.  Hours can be arranged to suit individual commitments.

If a more public facing role is more appealing then Rennie Grove has volunteer vacancies at its Hemel Hempstead shops in the town centre and at its brand new shop at Maylands.

Shop volunteer roles include sorting through donations, pricing items, restocking shelves and rails and helping out on the till.  This is a great role for those who enjoy meeting people and volunteers say it also boosts their confidence and has helped people gain skills that have contributed to their securing permanent, paid employment.  Rennie Grove welcomes shop volunteers aged 14 and over and can work around the time you have to spare.

Rozina Ahmad, Director of HR and Volunteering at Rennie Grove Hospice Care said: “There are so many rewards that come from volunteering - from meeting new people through to enjoying the experience of giving your time knowing that you are making a difference.  Rennie Grove relies on the goodwill of our award-winning volunteers as without their support we simply couldn’t care for so many patients.

“Volunteering can also provide a gateway to employment and can be a really helpful way of developing new skills and confidence.”

Marion is an eBay lister for Rennie Grove.  She said: “As long as you’re fairly confidentMaylands shop using a computer you can easily pick it up, you don’t need to have used eBay before. I never had.  But now I love the detective work.  Jewellery is my favourite; I love researching the hallmarks.  I also enjoy listing pottery, tracking down the obscure makers; some of it is really beautiful.  In one morning I could be listing anything from a Fitbit to a wool winder! 

“And it’s such a buzz when you find a gem.  I once found a gold sovereign in a bag of coins which sold for £250.  It took a while to verify its authenticity, but that made the outcome all the more rewarding!”

And Lauren who is a shop volunteer said: “There is a great atmosphere in the shop. It’s really friendly and I’ve got to know a lot of people. It’s good to know we’re all doing something good, and to see what the money raised will help provide, as well as what that means to the patients, carers and families that the nurses help. I feel much more involved in my local community too, and know much more about what’s going on”.

For more information about these volunteer opportunities or if you would like to find out more about working in any of Rennie Grove’s 26 shops, please visit ​our volunteer vacancies page here, call 01442 890222 or 01727 731000 or email volunteer@renniegrove.org.