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Shop volunteers

Shop volunteers

The Rowans Hospice is a registered charity dependent upon the goodwill of volunteers to provide practical support in providing its services and increasing income, which is much needed to ensure The Rowans Hospice can continue to operate its high standard of care to local people, of all ages and backgrounds.

We have many Hospice shops and showrooms spread across our area of care and they play a vital role in raising funds and awareness for our cause. All of our shops rely on the wonderful help of volunteers to keep them running.

Visit one now and see how we offer high quality garments and goods at affordable prices - you will find us near you at.....Hayling Island, Leigh Park, Waterlooville, Bishops Waltham, Lee-on-the-Solent, Gosport, Drayton, Southsea Books or Southsea Traditional, Farlington, Fareham, Petersfield, Emsworth, Titchfield, Havant, Cowplain, North End, Portchester, Wickham, Fratton and our large furniture showroom is now open at COSHAM.

We need volunteers now to join these new teams.    APPLICATION FORM

OPENING SOON - Our new 'OUTLET' Shop on Marshlands Road Farlington, selling donated items directly to our customers at warehouse prices. Ensuring goods of all types are available to everyone, on a first come first serve basis, with an ever changing stock selection. Volunteers needed to support this exciting project. Do you like collecting? Have a keen eye for a bargain and can see potential in a donated item? Then we would love to meet you.

We are delighted to now have a superb shop in Fareham Town Centre as well as a new Craft Shop on London Road, Cowplain this shop sells donated unfinished craft projects, craft equipment, donated material and card making tools etc.

We need volunteers to support all these new and exciting projects - read more here: Volunteer Opportunities

Working in our Trading Shops gives you the opportunity to make a huge difference, not only are you talking to customers about our hospice services, you would also be working in a team who work hard to ensure high quality donated items are available for customers to purchase every day. We offer on site training and hospice information enabling you to feel part of the whole hospice and trading team.

During 2013-2014 The Trading Company donated just over £460,000 to The Rowans Hospice. This is only possible with the generous support from volunteers such as yourself and kind donations of clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac and many other items from the general public.

Please pass on our needs for both donations and volunteers to your friends and acquaintances, tell others of our services, we are always happy to provide talks and presentations to interested people who may require more of an insight into The Rowans Hospice Services. Please inform us if you are aware of any group that would benefit from such a presentation.

We can even collect sack donations and furniture from a business or home, if you want to pull together some donations for us we would be delighted and you could GIFT AID  (ask your neighbours, work colleagues,  friends and family!) 

Please call our CHARITY SACK COLLECTIONS LINE ON 023 9238 3611 NOW to arrange a collection of your traditional charity items such as clothing, books, dvds, bric a brac etc 

Please call our FURNITURE COLLECTIONS LINE ON 023 9237 8591 NOW to arrange for a viewing of your proposed donation (We cannot take beds, mattresses or any items upholstered item without a fire label.)

Volunteering in our shops has already given many volunteers the time to meet others, use personal skills such as clock restorations, product knowledge and work as a team, learn new skills and be part of a charity who serves your local area.

Here are some of our shop volunteer roles:

  • Select and prepare items for display
  • Receive donated goods
  • Serve customers and operate the till
  • Sort and steam donated clothes
  • Maintain displays and shop presentation
  • Clean and price goods
  • Provide excellent customer service

All shops open Monday to Saturday. You can work either from 9.30am-1pm or 1pm-4.30pm

(Wickham are open on Sunday)

We operate a rota system for each shop, so there may be a choice of a set day for you to work either mornings or afternoons. 

Volunteers Urgently Needed

Farlington Processing

We need new volunteers NOW for our stock processing centres in Farlington. Do you like rummaging, looking through what has been donated, finding gems and seeing each items potential income. Then we need you now.... We are lucky to have a huge volume of donated goods coming in on a regular basis from the local community. We guarantee you'll get an enthusiastic welcome from the team and you will be supported with ongoing training from Sue Reeves or Andrew Cordery (Managers) and Lu Mabbs (Stock Processor) You can work either from 9.30am-1pm or 1pm-4.30pm (Monday - Saturday)

Shop Volunteers

Shop volunteers are needed to help with all shop duties including customer services, steaming, pricing, sorting and display. (Mon - Sat 9.30 - 1 or 1 -4.30) (some maybe open Sundays) We currently need volunteers in Wickham, Bishops Waltham, Havant and Portchester

Online Sales

Our Ebay and Amazon services need your help, can you list products and photograph items?  Volunteers needed to ensure we research best price and postage costs ensuring quality service and maximum income. Based at Farlington you would be working with a PC and camera in a warehouse enviroment. Experience is an advantage but some training is given and you will be supported in your role.

If you are interested in helping us, why not find a shop near you to visit.

Alternatively, contact Hayley Hamlett Tel 023 9238 7893 or email hayley.hamlett@rowanshospice.co.uk 

The commitment of our voluntary work force is essential to the smooth and effective running of The Rowans Hospice Trading Company and The Rowans Hospice services.  The Hospice ward area has over 300 families a year through its corridors and our Hospice at Home service is now operational throughout our area. These along with all our other services depend on fundraising in order to continue. Your time is highly valued and appreciated as part of The Rowans Hospice service within the local community and we look forward to welcoming you into our developing team.

Volunteer with us.

Whatever your age or interests, we provide many opportunities to volunteer at The Rowans Hospice. Serve meals, work in a shop, help in the hospice or drive for us.


Shop with us.

Bag yourself a bargain and support us at the same time. Visit our shops and see our great range of new and donated goods. You can donate as you shop by giving us anything you no longer want.


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