Havens Hospices is looking for Shop Volunteers to play a part in supporting local hospice care

A LOCAL hospice charity is looking for volunteers who can spare few hours of their time to assist in its charity shops in central, west and north Essex.

Havens Hospices operates 23 shops across Essex and help to raise vital funds for adults, young people and children living with complex and incurable conditions across the county.

Not only is volunteering diverse and rewarding, but by playing a role in the local community, volunteering can become a fulfilling part of someone’s life and lead to new opportunities and friendships. Volunteering is also an ideal way to share skills or learn new ones which can look great on someone’s CV when applying for jobs in the future.

One of the charity’s volunteers is Jonathon, who works at the Witham shop on Saturdays.  He is 19 years old and has been volunteering at the shop for three years now alongside his apprenticeship, training to be a Chef. Back in June when the shop reopened after Lockdown, Jonathon kindly carried out several extra shifts whilst he was on furlough leave from work.

Jonathon says: “I find balancing being an apprentice chef with volunteering easy as I volunteer at the weekend when I am not working. It is something I enjoy that is completely different from my apprenticeship.  I like working with others and learning new and different skills.  To anyone thinking of volunteering I would say come and join us, learn new skills, make new friends and support a great cause.”

Faye Kadesh, Volunteer Services Manager at Havens Hospices says: “If it wasn’t for volunteers Havens Hospices would not be able to provide palliative nursing and support care to adults and children with complex or incurable conditions free of charge. 

“Volunteers at Havens Hospices come from all walks of life and ages and achieve extraordinary things, so if you think you have some time to spare and would like to make a difference by volunteering in your local Havens Hospices shop then why not enquire today?”

To find out the latest vacancies in your local shop please give call your local shop manager who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. To find out where your nearest local shop is and its contact details visit www.havenhospices.org.uk/charityshops.

To apply to be a shop volunteer for Havens Hospices, visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/volunteer-roles/volunteer-shop-assistant/.  

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