Volunteer with our shops

Volunteering with our local shops or retail team is sociable and fun with Rennie Grove

Volunteer with our shops


Maybe you have specific skills you’d like to put to good use as a volunteer.  Or perhaps you’d like to learn or practise new skills.  Whatever you’d like to do – we’ll probably have something that will suit. Read on to find out about typical  shop related opportunities.

Join one of our friendly teams in a Rennie Grove charity shop near you. Learn new skills, meet new people, and help raise much-needed funds.

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Rennie Grove welcomes retail volunteers from age 14 and we’ll work with the time you have available. Charity shop roles range from sorting and preparing donations for sale, to customer-facing roles on the till and shop floor. You can also work alongside the management team to create eye-catching displays on the shelves, rails and in the windows. Creative, sociable, organised or retail-savvy – you can find your perfect fit amongst our local charity shop volunteering opportunities!



Our volunteer drivers transport items between our distribution centre in Berkhamsted and our offices and charity shops. You could either commit to a regular day’s volunteer driving – or offer availability on an ad hoc basis. For example, we might call upon you if regular drivers are off sick or on holiday. You’d drive the Rennie Grove transit vans across our nursing area of west Herts and Bucks. All routes start and finish in Berkhamsted but will vary according to needs. For instance, you help us rotate stock regularly across all our charity shops. This means customers get the best shopping experience. And we can maximise the funds raised from new goods and people’s kind donations of pre-loved items.

Are you organised and methodical? Do you have good attention to detail? Do you like wrapping and packaging items? Then this retail volunteering role with a difference could be perfect for you.

Our volunteers help wrap and pack items sold in our online charity shops, such as eBay and Depop. Our online retail platforms are a vibrant and essential source of income for Rennie Grove. All items sold – some of which are delicate and fragile – must be packaged to a high standard for dispatch ​domestically and worldwide. You’d be a key part of the dedicated team that expertly transforms donated items into crucial funds for patient care. In other words, you’d put the all-important finishing touches to the online sales process, ensuring items reach their destination safely.

Check out our retail activities here

Handyperson volunteers help reduce the cost of employing professional trades companies by carrying out general maintenance, small repairs and snags in shops.

You may be helping with a range of DIY and maintenance tasks in shops such as:

  • replacing overhead light tubes/bulbs
  • changing a ceiling tile
  • fixing a leaky sink
  • building flat pack furniture
  • putting up a shelf
  • repairing damaged fixtures or fittings
  • painting and decorating
  • basic DIY and carpentry
  • PAT testing of shop and donated equipment

If you’re experienced and competent with DIY, this could be your perfect volunteering opportunity.

Reasons to volunteer with our shops/retail team

Our retail and trading volunteers say they love the team and people aspects of their role. Here are the key benefits they listed.

Get a real feeling of connection when volunteering for Rennie Grove

Connection Be part of a friendly team in a very sociable, supportive environment

Make a direct impact on people’s lives volunteering for Rennie Grove

Fulfilment Have the satisfaction of knowing you’re raising important funds to support local patients and families

Make a difference right on your doorstep volunteering for Rennie Grove

Help your community Meet and mix with many different people from your local community

Gain confidence Develop your confidence and skills

“The difference that money can make to Rennie Grove is huge, and these gestures of kindness make my volunteer role so worthwhile.”

Barrie, retail online hub

“It’s so much fun to meet new people and we’re supporting the nurses who provide an amazing service.”

Demi, sorting and checking donated toys ready for sale in our Aylesbury charity shop

“I’ve discovered that I’m very calm and organised. I love feeling part of a team and feel confident to try new things as a result. It’s great to know I’m doing something that will help others who are going through such a tough time.”

Tia, young retail volunteer at Rennie Grove Berryfields charity shop

Reasons to volunteer

We asked all our volunteers what they get from volunteering with Rennie Grove. Here’s what they said…

  • a sense of fun and fulfilment
  • an opportunity to try something new
  • a real sense of achievement
  • meet new people
  • share your skills and learn new ones
  • improve your mental health and wellbeing
  • gain work experience
  • boost your confidence
  • become more involved with your local community
  • feel valued for your contribution
  • help local families when they desperately need it


Hear from our volunteers

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    Jim’s Story

    At the end of December 2021 Jim Lawrence retired from volunteering with the retail and trading driving team after more than seven years' loyal service.

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