Con­fi­dence climbs thanks to vol­un­tary role

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Phoebe Jones, 18, is now work­ing full-time as a fit­ness in­struc­tor at her lo­cal gym.

It is part of her ca­reer plan to be­come a per­sonal trainer.

Prior to this, through­out her GCSE ex­ams and her A-level stud­ies, she vol­un­teered on a Mon­day af­ter­noon at Ren­nie Grove’s char­ity shop in Bourne End.

Phoebe said: “I did my fi­nal shift last week and I re­ally didn’t want to leave. It was such a friendly team and I re­ally en­joyed my two and a half years there.”

Phoebe first started vol­un­teer­ing along­side her GCSE re­vi­sion.

She said: “I was stuck at home re­vis­ing and bored of do­ing noth­ing but re­vis­ing, so I thought I’d give it a go. It would get me out and it would look good on my CV. It was a big thing for me, ap­proach­ing the char­ity. I wasn’t a hugely con­fi­dent per­son but the role def­i­nitely gave me more con­fi­dence.

“As well as sort­ing through do­na­tions in the back room, pric­ing items and re-stock­ing shelves and rails on the shop floor, I’d help out on the till if we were short-staffed and help cus­tomers find what they were look­ing for. I think hav­ing a cus­tomer- fac­ing role like that has been cru­cial in my bid to be­come a per­sonal trainer and has helped me land other paid jobs like bar work and even the fit­ness in­struc­tor role I’m do­ing now.”

Phoebe added: “I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it to other pupils. You learn so much from your col­leagues be­cause they’re all dif­fer­ent ages and the work it­self is re­ally var­ied and in­ter­est­ing. It could be ideal if you’re do­ing Duke of Ed­in­burgh or if, like me, you just need a pro­duc­tive break from re­vi­sion!”

Phoebe, from High Wy­combe, fin­ished on a high by tak­ing on a tan­dem sky­dive for Ren­nie Grove on June 18.

If you are a stu­dent in years 10 to 13, Ren­nie Grove can of­fer you var­ied work ex­pe­ri­ence in one of its 24 char­ity shops for the hours you have avail­able.

Just pop into your lo­cal shop and speak to the man­ager or con­tact the char­ity’s Volunteer Ser­vices Team at volunteer@ ren­

Phoebe Jones on the shop floor. Above left, ready to take part in a tan­dem, sky­dive

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