This is how you can help Sheffield hospice charity shops as a volunteer

St Luke’s Hospice is calling for more volunteers to help get the Sheffield charity’s award-winning chain of shops open again once this lockdown comes to an end.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 12:00 pm

The organisation has a chain of 13 shops throughout Sheffield, along with a successful online retail operation and a Donation Centre.

They all depend on the support of volunteers to remain in operation.

Before the pandemic took hold, the shops were raising almost £3 million towards the annual £10 million cost of running St Luke’s, which is based at Little Common Lane, Whirlow.

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One of the popular St Luke's charity shops that are looking for volunteers

The aim is to get the operation running at full strength again as quickly as possible once lockdown restrictions start to ease.

To successfully achieve that, though, St Luke’s needs to recruit additional volunteers.

“With safety being our priority, the decision has been taken not to ask our volunteers over the age of 70 to return to their volunteering roles for the time being,” said head of r etail Marie Egerton.

“In making this difficult decision, we have responded to Government guidelines in considering our duty of care to staff, volunteers and members of the public and their safety.

“But that does mean that we have a greater need than ever for people to join us as retail volunteers.”

Shops in particular need of immediate volunteer support include Abbeydale, Broomhill, Crystal Peaks, Ecclesall Road, Gleadless and Nether Edge.

The charity is also looking for volunteers to assist in its Donation Centre after lockdown, helping to sort out goods ready to be sent to the shops.

“If you are looking for new opportunities, a chance to be part of a fantastic team, develop new skills and support a great cause, then please do get in touch as we have so many different roles available and there really is a volunteer role for everyone,” said Marie.

“Our shops provide a vital fundraising stream, so any time you can give will have a massive impact and help us to build towards a more secure and successful future.”

To find out more about becoming a St Luke’s retail volunteer, email [email protected] or call 0114 2357548.

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