Al­ways there to lend a hand

Ren­nie Grove Hospice care is cel­e­brat­ing Vol­un­teer Week by spread­ing the mes­sage that vol­un­teer­ing is for all

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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.

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 “bite­sized” 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.

“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 one­off 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,” adds Su­san. 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 dif- fer­ent 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 char­ity .”

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.

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