14 December 2016

Retail’s crucial role in helping families at Christmas and beyond

You might feel all shopped out in the run up to Christmas – or concerned that the truePrinces Risborough bookshop meaning has been lost amidst shelves stacked high with toys, tinsel and turkeys – but this heart-warming tale is testament to the true value of retail at Christmas time.

As well as contributing crucial funds towards the charity’s nursing services and family support over the Christmas period, Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s 24 charity shops played a key role in a recent volunteer recruitment campaign for its Family Support team. 

The charity – whose nurses provide 24/7 responsive care in patients’ homes across parts of Herts and Bucks – relies heavily on volunteers to supplement its five-strong team of Family Support staff.  More than 70 dedicated volunteers already support patients and their families and the charity needs more people to volunteer as listeners, counsellors and complementary therapists.

As part of the recruitment campaign, Rennie Grove’s shops all got behind the initiative to raise awareness of the service and its need to expand to meet growing demand.  Each shop used its window to promote the roles and a panel of judges chose the displays created by staff and volunteers in its Princes Risborough shops as worthy joint winners. 

The campaign has generated more than 30 applications across the three roles.  Following interviews and extensive training for successful applicants, the new recruits will soon be enabling the charity to reach even more families who need help.

Family Support Lead, Cathy Sosoli, said: “We were thrilled with the huge amount of effort that went into the shop windows and delighted with the response.  In the run up to Christmas, when money is often in short supply, it’s lovely that people are keen to consider other ways to make a difference in their local community.”

It’s not too late to apply for the Family Support volunteer vacancies.  Visit www.renniegrove.org/fssrecruitment for more details.