Staff at the Julia’s House charity shop in Wimborne are desperate for volunteers.
The shop, in Eastbrook Row, is so short-staffed it is struggling to cope with the demands of manning the till, sorting and pricing goods and helping customers.
“We had some brilliant volunteers, students, who supported us over the summer, but they’ve have now gone back to university,” explained deputy manager Rachel Homer. “We can’t find anyone to replace them. It’s really, really urgent now.”
“We need at least four volunteers a day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.”
“At the moment we have half that which means we can only mind the shop, there is no-one spare and no time to get fresh stock ready to go out onto the shop floor.
“Donations come in and we need to get them out for sale as soon as we can. We don’t want to have to close the shop to do it.”
The Wimborne shop is one of 10 around the county providing a vital income for the Dorset Children’s Hospice. Rachel, along with manager Megan Wyatt, is appealing for anyone with a few hours to spare to lend a hand.
“I started out volunteering, just doing a couple of hours round school run times. “ said Rachel. “We can be totally flexible about when people work.”
Help is most needed all day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and Wednesday morning. For further details please pop into the shop for a chat or phone volunteer co-ordinator June Maidment on 01202 644220.