Vol­un­teer­ing for our char­ity helps in more ways than one

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AT REN­NIE Grove Hospice Care we are lucky to have more than 1,500 vol­un­teers.

Our vol­un­teers give their time for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons in­clud­ing re­tired peo­ple who miss the so­cial buzz of work­ing, stu­dents who are look­ing to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence or carry out vol­un­tary work as part of an award and pro­fes­sion­als who have a spe­cial­ist skill they want to put to good use.

Vol­un­teer ser­vices man­ager Jane Car­ruthers said: “As a char­ity we rely on the good­will of peo­ple who are will­ing to give up their time to help other lo­cal fam­i­lies.

“With­out their support we sim­ply couldn’t care for so many pa­tients. Our fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers save the char­ity around £1.5mil­lion each year.”

Dan Dug­gan re­cently vol­un­teered with us for sev­eral months as a data­base as­sis­tant, putting his de­gree in IT to good use by help­ing us to man­age our ex­ten­sive fundrais­ing data­base. Dan cred­its his time at Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care as a key fac­tor in his suc­cess­ful job search.

He said: “With­out doubt ex­pe­ri­enc­ing work in an of­fice en­vi­ron­ment has helped me land my first job since grad­u­at­ing. I whole­heart­edly rec­om­mend vol­un­teer­ing to grad­u­ates. Not only will it en­hance your em­ploy­ment prospects, but it’s an im­mensely re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and op­por­tu­nity to give some­thing back.”

Lau­ren Bar­ber started vol­un­teer­ing at the Iain Ren­nie shop in Flack­well Heath as she was com­plet­ing her Bronze level Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award.

Lau­ren said: “I chose to help at my lo­cal Iain Ren­nie shop be­cause my grandma al­ready vol­un­teered there. Vol­un­tary work for Iain Ren­nie has now qual­i­fied me for other awards. I am able to put my time spent with the char­ity to­wards V50 and Vim­pact cer­tifi­cates as part of the Vin­spired scheme, which recog­nises the work of peo­ple who spend 50 and 150 hours vol­un­teer­ing. It shows em­ploy­ers, col­leges and univer­si­ties what you can achieve as a vol­un­teer.”

The char­ity is par­tic­u­larly keen to hear from vol­un­teers who would be able to help in our shops be­tween 10am and 2pm. This might suit mums who have chil­dren at school and are look­ing to keep their skills up un­til they re­turn to work.

If you are in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing with us, please con­tact the Ren­nie Grove Vol­un­teer Ser­vices Team on 01442 890 222 or visit www.ren­niegrove.org/vol­un­teer for role pro­files and an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

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