Volunteer with our shops or retail team

Our retail and trading volunteers work across our 34 charity shops and our retail and trading centre in Berkhamsted to help us make the most out of your generous donations.

Volunteer with our shops or retail team

Maybe you have specific skills you’d like to put to good use as a volunteer.  Or perhaps you’d like to learn or practise new skills.  

Below are some examples of the kind of roles our volunteers do across the hospice, please scroll down for our current list of opportunities.

Join one of our friendly teams in a Rennie Grove or Peace Hospice charity shop near you. Learn new skills, meet new people, and help raise much-needed funds

Find your nearest shop

Rennie Grove Peace welcomes retail volunteers from age 14 and we’ll work with the time you have available. Charity shop roles range from sorting and preparing donations for sale, to customer-facing roles on the till and shop floor. You can also work alongside the management team to create eye-catching displays on the shelves, rails and in the windows. Creative, sociable, organised or retail-savvy – you can find your perfect fitIn fact, many of our retail volunteers have been supporting us for over 5 or 10 years! 

Our volunteer drivers transport items between our distribution centre in Berkhamsted and our offices and charity shops. You could either commit to a regular day’s volunteer driving – or offer availability on an ad hoc basis. For example, we might call upon you if regular drivers are off sick or on holiday. You’d drive the Rennie Grove Peace transit vans across our catchment area of Herts and Bucks. All routes start and finish in Berkhamsted but will vary according to needs, such as rotating stock regularly across all our charity shops. This means our customers get the best shopping experience, plus we can maximise the funds raised from new goods and people’s kind donations of pre-loved items. 

Are you organised and methodical? Do you have good attention to detail? Do you like wrapping and packaging items? Then this retail volunteering role with a difference could be perfect for you.

Our volunteers help wrap and pack items sold in our online charity shops, such as eBay. Our online retail platforms are a vibrant and essential source of income for Rennie Grove Peace. All items sold – some of which are delicate and fragile – must be packaged to a high standard for dispatch ​domestically and worldwide. You’d be a key part of the dedicated team that expertly transforms donated items into crucial funds for patient care. In other words, you’d put the all-important finishing touches to the online sales process, ensuring items reach their destination safely.

Check out our retail activities here

Handyperson volunteers help reduce the cost of employing professional trades companies by carrying out general maintenance, small repairs and snags in shops.

You may be helping with a range of DIY and maintenance tasks in shops such as:

  • replacing overhead light tubes/bulbs
  • changing a ceiling tile
  • fixing a leaky sink
  • building flat pack furniture
  • putting up a shelf
  • repairing damaged fixtures or fittings
  • painting and decorating
  • basic DIY and carpentry
  • PAT testing of shop and donated equipment

If you’re experienced and competent with DIY, this could be your perfect volunteering opportunity.

We offer students aged 14-18 working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards volunteer placements in our shops. Working alongside our existing shop volunteers and managers, 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.

If you would like to volunteer within the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, please contact the shop of your choice and ask to speak with the manager who can chat to you about available shifts. For contact details of shops, please click here.

Why our volunteers love working in our charity shops

As well as helping to make a huge difference in the community, our passionate retail and trading volunteers say they love the sociable aspect of their role.

Get a real feeling of connection when volunteering for Rennie Grove

Making connections Our shops are run by friendly teams in a sociable, supportive environment

Make a direct impact on people’s lives volunteering for Rennie Grove

Feeling satisfied Our volunteers have a great sense of satisfaction knowing they are raising important funds to support local patients and families

Make a difference right on your doorstep volunteering for Rennie Grove

Helping the community Not only are they supporting patient care in the community, but working in a shop means our volunteers get to meet and mix with many different people from the local community

Gaining confidence Our volunteers frequently tell us they have developed in confidence and learned new skills, while working with our retail and trading colleagues

The difference that money can make is huge, and these gestures of kindness make my volunteer role so worthwhile.”

Barrie, retail online hub

“It’s so much fun to meet new people and we’re supporting the nurses who provide an amazing service.”

Demi, sorting and checking donated toys ready for sale in our Aylesbury charity shop

“I’ve discovered that I’m very calm and organised. I love feeling part of a team and feel confident to try new things as a result. It’s great to know I’m doing something that will help others who are going through such a tough time.”

Tia, young retail volunteer at Rennie Grove Berryfields charity shop

Why volunteer with us

We asked all our volunteers what they get from volunteering. Here’s what they said… 

  • a sense of fun and fulfilment
  • an opportunity to try something new
  • a real sense of achievement
  • meet new people
  • share your skills and learn new ones
  • improve your mental health and wellbeing
  • gain work experience
  • boost your confidence
  • become more involved with your local community
  • feel valued for your contribution
  • help local families when they desperately need it

 

Hear from our volunteers

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    Jim’s Story

    At the end of December 2021 Jim Lawrence retired from volunteering with the retail and trading driving team after more than seven years' loyal service.

  • Young volunteer stories

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