Volunteering for our charity helps in more ways than one
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.