Our volunteers make having a shop possible
When the previous village shop closed it had a big impact on the community. We lost a meeting place and a vital community service. Soon after the shop closed a group of local residents got together and decided to create a local shop that was owned, staffed and run for the benefit of the local community. The community shop was born.
Key to ensuring that Bishop Wilton has a viable community shop is volunteering. Our shop is almost exclusively staffed by volunteers from the local community. This means profits from sales can be invested back into the costs of running the shop for the community.
We are looking for more volunteers right now.
Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering has been proven to be good for your health and wellbeing, as well as providing benefits to your career progression. We have a great model where you can take a shift that matches your availability and can fit around a busy schedule.
By volunteering at Bishop Wilton Community Shop you will:
- Meet new people and make friends – whether chatting to customers in the shop or volunteering alongside others in the village, you will have a chance to be social and meet people from across the community.
- Do good by keeping the shop & cafe open – without volunteers we wouldn’t have a shop. By volunteering you will ensure you and others can take advantage of a local shop & cafe.
- Help your career – having volunteering roles on your CV makes you more employable and shows potential employers you have strong core values.
- Learn new skills – a volunteering role is a good chance to learn and develop new skills.
- Have fun – the volunteering team has a number of social events and volunteering in the shop is made as easy and fun as possible.
Who are our volunteers?
Our volunteers come from a wide cross section of the community. We have teenagers, retirees and everything in between. We have doctors, teachers, engineers, artists, beauticians, students, accountants and designers. Some are retired and have lots of time, some work fulltime and have young children.
It really is a wide range of people and we have a way to volunteer that will work for most people.
How can you volunteer?
Typically our volunteers take shifts working in the shop. This involves working the till, making drinks, stocking the shelves and general day to day tasks.
We provide full training and you will be on shift with a more experienced volunteer initially to ensure you can learn the ropes.
An average shift is 2.5 hours. Many volunteers take one shift per week, some every other week and some as and when they have time. To take a shift you select it on our online rota – so you have the control of when you volunteer with us.
We also have a range of other volunteering opportunities in other areas such as marketing, maintenance, ordering, cleaning & events.
How do I apply?
You can register your interest in volunteering by popping into the shop and chatting to any of our volunteers. They will take your details and pass them onto our volunteer team who will be in touch.
You can also submit a message here and this will be passed on to the team.