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Campaign launched to plug gap in volunteers

This week sees the launch of our ‘Be the U in Volunteer’ campaign, highlighting the urgent need for new volunteers to plug the gap in an exciting variety of retail volunteer roles across the Thames Valley.

The campaign’s overriding message is whoever you are, whatever your skills, you are invaluable to the success of Thames Hospice’s shops and care the charity can provide for local people and their loved ones. It will be deployed via posters, flyers and banners in the local area, as well as through existing community links and digital channels.

We hope the new volunteer recruitment campaign will receive enormous support from the local community and Jenn Johnson, Head of Volunteering at Thames Hospice, said: “Volunteers often describe their shop teams as a family unit, offering a sociable and fun place to put your skills and spare time to good use.”

Each month, Thames Hospice’s volunteers contribute around 3,600 hours of their own time, free of charge, in our shops. Some of our shops have as little as 30% volunteer shifts filled. With the shops contributing roughly one third of the income needed to keep the Hospice running, it is vital we grow our existing pool of volunteers to continue supporting patients and their loved ones now and in the future.

In addition to Retail Assistant volunteers, Thames Hospice is seeking volunteers for a number of specialist vacancies - including Visual Merchandising, eBay Assistants and people with muscle to move heavy furniture items at their Home store in Dedworth. Hours are flexible.

The campaign is a result of research from Marianne Bradshaw, who came to Thames Hospice from Waitrose on a sixth month secondment through John Lewis’ Golden Jubilee Trust.

If you think you could be ‘Be the ‘u’ in Volunteer', then book a no-obligation taster session by calling 01753 848 945, email us or find out more here