Appeal for shop volunteers

19 July 2018

Demelza Hospice Care for Children is appealing for volunteers to work in its new Tonbridge shop.

The shop is due to open next month (August) and volunteers are needed to carry out various tasks from serving customers and operating the till to sorting, hanging and pricing stock, helping to keep the shop clean and tidy and also to dress the windows.

Volunteers should be aged over 16 and could be students, parents whose children are at school, people who want to add to their CVs or those who are retired. Demelza volunteers are from all walks of life and at various stages of their lives and careers.

Shirley Winch, an area retail manager with Demelza, said: “There’s a real variety of jobs ranging from being on the shop floor and on the till or meeting and greeting customers, to being behind the scenes sorting and pricing stock which can be anything from clothes to bric-a-brac. They could also do some window dressing if they have a particular flair for that.

“Full training is given, so it’s a great way to learn new skills. It looks good on CVs, it’s a great way to meet people and it’s also good fun.”

Felicity Longley, 71, is a volunteer at Demelza’s Canterbury shop. She said: “I work in the Demelza shop one day a week and do whatever jobs need doing. I can be on the till, or unpacking donations or working in the bridal department advising customers.

“It’s worthwhile and interesting and I get to meet lots of different people. At the end of the day I have a sense of achievement, having done something for a very worthwhile cause.”

Shop volunteers also help Demelza to raise funds to provide vital support to children with terminal conditions and their families.

For an informal chat about volunteering opportunities please contact Shirley on 07712 321392.