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Reuse Centre – volunteers needed

We are short of volunteers to help with various tasks at our Reuse Centre in Weeping Cross Lane:-

  • customer service assistants
  • warehouse assistants
  • van drivers and van buddies

You will need to be physically fit and able to lift items of furniture.

Help is given with travel expenses.

For more information on any of these, please contact Di Hyde on 01584 877751 or email diane@furniturescheme.co.uk

Carpentry Workshop volunteers

Volunteers carry out a variety of tasks from stripping and polishing donated furniture to more challenging projects.

Morning or afternoon sessions available, starting with a half day tester. You will be provided with full workshop training, support and the opportunity to gain a qualification.

Help is given with travel expenses.

For more information contact Di Hyde 01584 877751 or diane@furniturescheme.co.uk

Customer Service Assistant – volunteer

In the Renaissance Centre we need help with answering telephone calls, dealing with enquiries, making sales, using the till and credit card machine, keeping displays looking attractive and using a computer. We are flexible with time as you are being generous with yours, but ideally either 9.30am – 1pm or 1pm – 5pm.

We also need assistants in our Flea Market.

Renaissance Centre Volunteer

I was visiting Ludlow one day last summer and happened upon Renaissance, and enchanted by the name I was drawn in.  Lovely old furniture and a friendly assistant.  I picked up the Newsletter and read about courses offered and volunteers needed.  Richard said to ring Chris Christie, which I did and within a week, I had not only received a call but was enrolled on a free woodwork course, and had a volunteer session sorted out.

What I do is customer service in the furniture shop and flea market on alternative weeks.  I am newly retired and this has given me a focus for my week and the opportunity to meet interesting people…..customers love to talk and so do I.

It is endlessly fascinating hearing about collectors’ interests when I am in the flea market.  The book store attracts a lot of people and it is similarly fascinating to see who has bought a book and why.  It certainly appears to be a truism that no matter how obscure the book appears to me there is someone who is delighted to have found it.

Just last week Chris Christie the volunteer co-ordinator, went through a formal check-in with me, was I happy, was I getting enough out of my volunteering, was there anything else I wanted to do.  I was touched and impressed by this.

To date I have achieved an ONC, been on a woodwork course with an excellent tutor – both in manner and knowledge, helped in the Workshop in addition to my sessions in the shop.

Graham in the workshop motivates a diverse crew with infinite patience, kindness, enthusiasm, humour, and generously gives of his extensive knowledge.  I learnt so much.

Chris Christie is in regular contact with all the volunteers and knows our individual needs and challenges and is so discreet, approachable and caring.

There is a culture of supportiveness amongst the staff, volunteers, managers that I have not encountered before.

This organisation is volunteer and community orientated.  We matter, our growth and wellbeing is the focus of Renaissance and it feels lovely to be part of it.

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