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Volunteers needed at 'Little Harrods' and The Hub





Can you help your hospice?
Can you help your hospice?

TWO charities in Henley-in-Arden are appealing for volunteers - the Shakespeare Hospice shop, known as the ‘Little Harrods of Henley’ and the youth and community centre, The Hub.

The hospice is launching a recruitment drive across all areas on Monday (19th September), to support its current services and plans for growth.

Carole Lomas, volunteer services manager at the hospice, will be at the Henley charity shop, in High Street, to meet all those interested in volunteering for an informal chat on Thursday 22nd September, from 10am until 2pm.

Carole said: “We are desperate for ten more volunteers in the Henley shop. It’s a brilliant shop, with a great manager, and it known as the Little Harrods of Henley.”

She continued: “Volunteering helps people trying to learn new skills, learn more about retail and business, get a job or change their job. Volunteering is great for young people too – it looks great on CVs.”

Carole will also be at shop events in Alcester, on Wednesday 21st September, between 10am and 2pm; Wellesbourne, on Friday 23rd September, between 10am and 1pm; Avenue Farm, in Stratford-upon-Avon, on Friday 23rd September, between 2pm and 5pm; Greenhill Street, in Stratford, on Thursday 27th September, 10am until 2pm; Kenilworth, on Wednesday 28th September, between 10am and 2pm; as well as the bookshop, in Rother Street, in Stratford, between 10am and 2pm.

Peter Crathorne, chairman of The Hub and youth club manager.
Peter Crathorne, chairman of The Hub and youth club manager.

Meanwhile, The Hub’s coffee bar is short of four volunteers. Peter Crathorne, chairman of The Hub and youth club manager, said: “For four years now, our wonderful band of coffee bar volunteers have made sure that for every youth club session, there has been a coffee bar provided by volunteers.

“In our ambition to give greater service to our young people, we are now running six sessions every week term time.

“Unfortunately a small number of our volunteers have needed to give up, including our terrific coffee bar manager.”

Peter explained that the duties include arriving a few minutes before the club starts, setting out the snacks and drinks, as well as sometimes cooking toast.

The volunteers serve the young people and supervise the security of the coffee bar and takings during the time the coffee bar is open.

Often one of the two partners on duty will join in with the activities. The coffee bar closes about 15 minutes before the end of a club session and the volunteers can then go home.

The manager’s task involves running the rota and arranging cover for absence, monitoring stock, visiting cash and carry and the shops (all expenses paid) to keep the sweets and drinks topped up.

The nine to 11-year-olds group needs one volunteer every two weeks during term time, on Mondays, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

The 11 to 13-year-olds group needs two volunteers every two weeks during term time, on Tuesdays, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

The group for the over 13-year-olds needs one volunteer every two weeks during term time, on Wednesdays, from 7pm until 9pm.

All voluntary posts at The Hub are subject to DBS checks. For more information visit http://www.thehubathenley.co.uk/



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