‘I was cer­tain I wanted to stay’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL’S NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

REN­NIE Grove Hospice Care wel­comes peo­ple of all ages to its 1500-strong team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who do­nate their time in all ar­eas of the char­ity’s work.

Kelly Nor­ways, 18, from Lit­tle Chal­font, be­gan look­ing for vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties when she en­rolled in the Duke of Ed­in­burgh (dofe) scheme four years ago.

She said: “I was es­pe­cially keen to vol­un­teer for Ren­nie Grove be­cause I know that as a lo­cal char­ity it is very de­pen­dent on fund­ing from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, mak­ing the work of the char­ity shops par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant.

“I al­ways felt very sup­ported as a vol­un­teer in the Lit­tle Chal­font shop, as the man­agers were al­ways very un­der­stand­ing and flex­i­ble if I had school com­mit­ments or other clashes with my reg­u­lar shift.

“When I in­tro­duced a friend to the shop they kindly made sure that we could vol­un­teer on the same day. They were also re­ally ef­fi­cient dofe as­ses­sors, writ­ing my re­ports quickly and in lots of de­tail.

“It’s very easy to sign up sim­ply be­cause you know you need some­thing to put on your dofe form, but ac­tu­ally the char­ity comes to hold a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for you. I had not an­tic­i­pated feel­ing com­pelled to con­tinue vol­un­teer­ing once I had com­pleted my award, but when the time came I was cer­tain that I wanted to stay – and I’m re­ally glad I did. I came to feel that I was a part of the shop com­mu­nity and that the work I was do­ing was mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Now Ren­nie Grove will al­ways be spe­cial to me.”

If you are a stu­dent or pupil 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, whether you would like to help full time for one week or for a few hours one day a week dur­ing hol­i­days.

You will learn about win­dow dress­ing, stock ro­ta­tion and con­trol, cus­tomer ser­vice, mer­chan­dis­ing and elec­tronic tills.

Just pop into your lo­cal shop and speak to the man­ager or con­tact the char­ity’s Vol­un­teer Ser­vices Team by email­ing vol­un­teer@ren­niegrove. org.

Still there: Kelly Nor­ways started vol­un­teer­ing for Ren­nie Grove Hospice shops for her DofE

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