St Peter’s Hospice desperate for shop volunteers

February 29 2016

St Peter’s Hospice desperate for shop volunteers

A LOCAL hospice has issued a ‘desperate’ plea for volunteers to help out at its Bishopston and Horfield charity shops. St Peter’s Hospice, based in Westbury-on-Trym, is looking for people able to give up a few hours a week to help the shop managers with serving customers, displaying goods and sorting donations at its Gloucester Road shop and the neighbouring coffee shop.

St Peter’s Hospice, Gloucester Road shop manager Sadie Jones, said: “We are in desperate need of new volunteers at our local shops.

“Morning and afternoon shifts are available and even if people can only spare a couple of hours a week, every little helps in this busy store.

“Our volunteers are essential to keeping the hospice running and funds generated by the shops are vital, going towards caring for those with life limiting illnesses. If you think you could spare some time for us, we’d love to hear from you.”

The Gloucester Road shop receives lots of generous donations from the local community but it all needs to be sorted, steamed, priced and displaced, and of course, friendly people are needed to help serve customers.

Russell Cowan, Head of Volunteer Resources at St Peter’s Hospice, explained how the expectations of volunteers have changed over the years. He said: “For some people it will always be an altruistic thing or maybe they have a connection with the place through an ill relative or friend. Others are looking for a way back into work, building selfconfidence, establishing a routine and being around people.

“There are some unique roles that may interest people with specific skills such as visual display. The whole vintage upcycle idea appeals to some people as well as learning to identify goods that would do better on eBay than in the shops.

“We really value the skills, experience, and knowledge that volunteers come with and at the same time want to provide the volunteer with the experience that they would like to receive from it.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,500 patients each year as well as supporting family members. All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day. The hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops for £14,000 of that daily cost.

St Peter’s Hospice has 48 shops across Bristol including Gloucester Road, Filton, and Horfield. If you would like more information about volunteering at a St Peter’s Hospice shop please contact Russell.cowen@stpetereshospice.org 0117 9159448or visit www.stpetershospice.org.