Shop Volunteering

When you decide to volunteer for a greyhound rescue, a retail role might not be on the top of your list. But do you know where GRW gets the funds to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome its greyhounds and lurchers? There are a number of sources but our charity shops take the lead! We wouldn’t get far without our shop volunteers. This post is about a group of absolutely amazing people who play a massive role in providing the fuel for the GRW engine.

They come from all walks of life, and range from students to pensioners. What do they do? They sort all the donations, steam them and tag. They take care of the housekeeping. They operate the customer service. When you come to a GRW charity shop, you will get a warm welcome, a professional service and a great bargain. You will meet dedicated, passionate people. Our shop volunteers don’t work with dogs on daily basis but they always welcome doggie visitors and if you bring your dog in, your pooch will get a royal welcome, lots of cuddles and a dedicated Facebook post.

Our wonderful volunteers often come to us for various reasons. They gain confidence, self- satisfaction and build life-long friendships.

We generally have between 40-50 lovely volunteers throughout the 5 shops. And if shop volunteering is something you feel you might want to give a go… our shops are always seeking volunteers. You will be assured of a very warm welcome. Hours are flexible and to suit. Full induction and training is given. No skills are required, as these will be built upon over time. You will only be allocated tasks that you are comfortable carrying out. Progression is achievable, should you wish.

But let’s the shop volunteers speak and tell you why they have joined the team:

Andrea works 8 hours per week and has been with us for 4 years. She had just retired when we opened at Cardiff. Andrea wanted structure to her week and we have provided this for her. Andrea says: “ I benefit from the social contact, general atmosphere and structure.” She loves her “work family” and the self- satisfaction she gains from her volunteer role. Andrea would highly recommend volunteering.

Marylin works 4 hours per week but would love to work more. Commitments prevent this. She has been with team retail for 18 months. She says: “ I love volunteering, the customer interaction, seeing people and the social impact. I love to bring in donations and seeing them sell is a huge bonus. I would recommend volunteering”.

Julie works 4 hours per week and has been with GRW for 18 months. Julie joined us upon retirement. She says: “ I’ve met so many lovely people and have a structure to my week. I bring in many donations and buy lots of bargains from the shop. You should see my scarf collection, it’s amazing! ”. Julie would highly recommend volunteering with us.

Kate: “I chose to volunteer at the greyhound shop during my studies at university. I have now been at greyhound since 2017 and love it there. I am currently doing my masters at Swansea and volunteering has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. It provides me great company, and the ability to focus my mind on things other than studying. Not only that, but I can help the dogs by working there. I can’t begin to even say how much volunteering has had a positive influence on my life and wellbeing. I have gained life long friends and ultimately, a more positive outlook on life. I’ve always loved animals and volunteering with an animal charity is amazing. I will most likely continue to volunteer for many years to come.”

Eilleen joined us after the closure of the PDSA shop where she formally volunteered. She has been with us for 3 years and works 12 hours per week. She intentionally set out to volunteer for an animal charity. Eileen is a recovering alcoholic. She says: “ I don’t know where I would be now if I didn’t volunteer, it gives me something to get out of bed for in the mornings. I love the social aspect, the customer interaction and best of all the doggy visitors”. Eileen would highly recommend volunteering.

Our fantastic volunteers are priceless. They are the backbone of team retail. Our shops would cease to exist without these amazing people. We hold them in high esteem!


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