Welcoming young volunteers

Are you looking for work experience or doing your Duke of Edinburgh Award?  Do you want a challenge whilst supporting your local charity? At Cornwall Hospice Care we enjoy working with volunteers from age 14 years and over and welcome young people looking to do something worthwhile whilst gaining new skills and confidence.

Young Volunteers

Come and join our team!

We involve young people under 18 who volunteer across our Cornish charity and a number of our shops can accommodate volunteers from the age of 14 years old.  We always welcome new ideas for fundraising activities and events, so get in touch and get creative!

What will you be doing?

Volunteering with Cornwall Hospice Care is fun!  As a young volunteer, you may become a Retail Assistant in one of our Shops, a Meeter and Greeter in a Donation Centre, or part of a gardening project at one of our hospices. This means you could create shop window displays, talk to our customers, find treasure from our donations, or tidy and plant garden areas for all to enjoy!

Occasionally you also get the opportunity to help out at our Fundraising events, marshalling or manning a stand, or supporting one of our other departments or helping within our hospices.

What will you gain as a young volunteer?

We believe volunteering experience can help when it comes to applying for jobs, apprenticeships or higher education and we want to be part of a young person’s future as they will be part of ours. You can:

  • Learn and develop new skills such as stock control, merchandising and teamwork.
  • Increase your self-confidence and build self-esteem, we let your qualities shine and will support you in your abilities.
  • Develop a range of personal, social and communication skills which will improve your relationships and ensure that you are able to manage interactions with businesses and organisations.
  • Understand about Customer Service; employers place great importance on customer-related work experience as it is a necessary skill in a wide range of occupations.
  • Have an awareness of Health and Safety in the workplace, by understanding what is a hazard, how to report incidents and the importance of keeping yourself and others safe.
  • Training in the role, learning how to carry out your duties and what your responsibilities will be.
  • Meet people and make friends.
  • Have fun!

You will also have the opportunity to receive one of our YV awards as we recognise Young Volunteers who have achieved 25 hours, 50, 75 and 100 hours.

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What’s next?

You can apply online, ask for an application form from one of our stores, or from our Volunteer Services Team. We also need a completed consent form signed by a parent or guardian if you are under 18.

You’ll be invited to attend a taster session, which is a great time to see if this is the best role for you; you’ll get hands on experience of the tasks involved and meet the Manager and some of the other wonderful team of volunteers. You’ll learn more about the operations of the shop or department you’re in, and what to expect on a ‘normal’ day.

You’ll also be provided with information about the training and support available to you and how our shops support local communities and are an important part of helping to raise the funds needed to run our hospices.

We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

For more information, you and your family, your teacher or your Duke of Edinburgh leader can get in touch with us.

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