A case study from Hospice of the Valleys, part of our #CharityShopVolunteersWales campaign in partnership with the Charity Retail Association.
Margaret, Tredegar shop volunteer told us: ‘I have volunteered for the Hospice of the Valleys for over 20 years, The Hospice helped me when I had breast cancer 19 years ago. When they decided to open a shop, I was more than happy to volunteer to give back the help they gave me.’
Cindy, Ebbw Vale & Brynmawr shop volunteer said ‘I have volunteered for the Hospice for over 5 years, I had to give something back to the Hospice after the fabulous care they gave my Father-in-Law.’
Anne-Marie, Fundraising and shop volunteer, shared her reasons for getting involved: ‘I work full time as a Dental Nurse, but I’ve been volunteering for the Hospice in my spare time for five years now. I help with fundraising events, signing participants up for the event, help with running a stall and marshalling. I also volunteer in the Shops when I have the time or when they are short on volunteers on a weekend. The reason I started volunteering was because I want to help give back to the community and help my local charity. I have made lots of new friends and picked up new skills on the way too.’
This week (from 12 October 2020) WCVA in partnership with the Charity Retail Association will be sharing the stories of charity shop volunteers in Wales. Keep an eye on WCVA’s website and social media (where we’ll be using #CharityShopVolunteersWales) to hear about a range of different experiences from individuals volunteering in charity shops.
Volunteering during the pandemic should only be done with due care and consideration for the wellbeing of volunteers, staff and customers. You’ll find safeguarding guidance on our Covid-19 guidance and resources page. For information about limitations or considerations for local lockdowns in wales visit: gov.wales/local-lockdown.