01 June 2018

Volunteers Week 2018

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is celebrating Volunteers Week - 1 to 7 June 2018 - by spreading the message that “volunteering is for all”. 

 Volunteer gardeners

Rennie Grove is a charity providing care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families living in Bucks and Herts. Every year through its 24/7 Hospice at Home service for adults and for children, it gives thousands of patients the choice to ​stay at home, surrounded by their families and friends.

The charity relies on its 1,500 strong army of Queen’s Award-winning volunteers to carry out essential support roles and simply could not care for so many patients without them. 

From extreme weather drivers, eBay listers and cash counters to shop assistants, gardeners and fundraisers, Rennie Grove has a plethora of roles on offer whether you want to utilise existing skills or learn new ones.

And most importantly Rennie Grove offers “bite-sized” volunteering opportunities to suit the time you have available.

Susan Lewis, Volunteering Development Advisor at Rennie Grove explains: “The face of volunteering is changing with more people offering one-off chunks of time that they can fit around other commitments such as paid employment or childcare.  Some employers also give their staff time off during the working week to volunteer for local charities like ours.

“At Rennie Grove we welcome this type of “micro volunteering” because it is perfect for those who want to volunteer but who are time poor, such as busy students, working and non-working parents and grandparents, people with other caring responsibilities and anyone else who has other commitments.

“Some examples of what people can do to support us include running a stall at a fair, taking part in a street collection, holding an event or placing collection boxes in local shops.  Others could be liking or sharing one of Rennie Grove’s social media posts, sponsoring a fundraiser online or buying an item from our eBay shop.

“We are also inviting people to “give a shop a shift” which means a one-off day or half-day volunteering shift in one of our 27 charity shops. Two of our recent ‘one-off’ volunteers found that they enjoyed the experience so much they signed up to do it more often! The idea is to try before you apply,” adds Susan.

Events volunteer Ross and manager Amy

As part of his Event and Festivals Management course at Bucks New University, Ross Brace is giving 100 hours voluntary service to Rennie Grove’s community fundraising team.  “I’m really surprised at the different types of events and activities that I’ve been involved in already,” said Ross.  “So far I’ve done a street collection and have helped out at a celebrity sports dinner, a quiz night and at a village fair. None of these are things that I would do in my everyday life and I’ve really enjoyed myself. I’m also helping the team to organise and promote future events and would recommend volunteering with Rennie Grove,” he added.

Amy Bottali who manages Ross while he is at Rennie Grove said, “I’m so pleased that Ross got in touch and offered to volunteer with us for his work placement module.  He has so much energy and brings a refreshing younger perspective to our work.  We’d love to hear from more students who are looking for some work experience.  Fundraising is a great place to learn about organising events, marketing, working with a broad range of people as well as supporting a really worthwhile local charity.”

There are many rewards to volunteering from meeting new people through to enjoying the experience of giving your time knowing that you are making a difference. Rennie Grove is keen to hear from people who would like to find out more – no matter how much time they have to spare.  So please get in touch on 01727 731000 or volunteer@renniegrove.org.

Volunteering at Rennie Grove Hospice Care really is for all.