If you live within easy travelling distance of Redditch town centre, you have a valuable opportunity to serve your local community in a very practical and yet simple and enjoyable way. Would you please consider volunteering just a few hours of your time to help out in the Christian Word Shop? If you have a friend who might like to join you you’d be especially welcome!
We are always on the lookout for responsible and committed people to assist in a variety of ways. As well as the obvious task of staffing the shop on a daily basis, we also need people willing to clean and tidy the shop, to rotate and display the stock, to check re-order levels for the greetings cards and to create our small window display etc., etc. Some tasks only require a commitment of an hour or two per month, others do require more.
Our aim is for the Shop to be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. Counter staff volunteers normally changeover at 1pm each day and most give either a regular morning or an afternoon, once a week, but the hours can be very flexible. Even just 1 or 2 sessions per month would be useful. The minimum age we are able to accept volunteers is 18 but there is no upper age limit! Be assured that you won’t need any previous shop work experience – the till isn’t an ‘Open All Hours’ model and very few of us had done this sort of thing before either!
In the first instance you’ll always be partnered with an experienced volunteer who will provide training until you’re happy with what your doing. Though some prefer it, you’ll never be expected to work alone, so if you don’t have someone who will come along with you, we’ll partner you with an existing volunteer to work with. You’ll also be offered reimbursement of your travel expenses to the shop on a monthly basis, if you need it. We even have a staff discount scheme for you when you’ve finished your training!
Although situated within St Stephen’s Church in the Town Centre, the Christian WordShop is not linked to any particular church or denomination. Most volunteer staff belong to one of the many churches in the area. Our customers are a lovely crowd and the work is pleasant and rewarding. A big bonus is working in the knowledge that all the profits we make go to assist young Christians in Redditch and the surrounding area in their walk with Jesus.
No-one working for the Trust is paid for their time or talents. If you’re on JobSeekers Allowance or other benefits we can provide a certification letter to indicate that your work in the Shop doesn’t stop you being immediately available for work elsewhere. In the past several people have found paid work after starting voluntary work in the Shop.
So, if you think you might like to offer to help in the Shop, do please contact us! Just click below to send an email. Please include your name, phone number and when you’d like us to contact you, for an informal chat without any obligation on your part.
We look forward to hearing from you!