From boosting your confidence to mixing with people outside your usual social circle, there are many benefits to volunteering with St Clare as part of your Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Volunteering can show potential employers that you are proactive and willing to work. Even if the voluntary role is not what you want to pursue as a career, you can still develop transferable skills useful in any job, such as enhancing your customer service skills and learning to communicate with people at all levels.
Our St Clare shop volunteers are vital in helping us generate the income we need to raise each and every year to continue providing our specialist care to local families who need our support.
So whether you are working towards your Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, we have plenty of opportunities for you to contribute towards the work of our retail team.
Working alongside our existing shop volunteers, you will be given the chance to help with a variety of tasks both on the shop floor and behind the scenes, from sorting and pricing pre-loved items that have been donated to us to sell, to encouraging people to sign up for Gift Aid.
Jo Leal, our Loughton shop manager said, “The students who volunteer with us are fantastic. We are very lucky to have 8 young people who are here on their Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh award – which means they will spend an hour volunteering every Saturday with us for 3 months.”
“They do an amazing job in the shop – from tidying the shop floor, putting stock out and hanging clothes, to counting puzzles and checking all the games are complete! They all work so hard and have really connected with the other volunteers in the team. It is lovely to see different generations of people working together and learning from each other. I’ve learnt a lot from them myself – from what bands are popular, to keeping me up-to-date on the new trends!”
“What is really nice is that some of them have already asked if they can stay on and volunteer with us after their 3 months ends because they enjoy it so much.”
Sixteen is usually the minimum age for volunteering for us in our Hospice shops. However, if you are under-16 and participating in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme you can volunteer as long as we have your parent or guardian’s permission. Those who decide to volunteer with us as part of their Duke of Edinburgh are required to complete one hour of volunteering a week.