Saint Catherine's praise for amazing volunteers - 'we simply couldn't do without them'

Saint Catherine’s wishes to thank all of its volunteers – old and new – this Volunteers’ Week from June 1 to 7.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 12:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 12:50 pm
Saint Catherine's volunteers Jane Welford

With more than 500 volunteers across the organisation, Saint Catherine’s has an incredible amount of support in many different areas, such as charity shops, reception, fundraising support groups, bereavement support and much more.

If paid, the contribution that volunteers make towards the charity would come to well over £1 million a year.

The past year has been an exceptionally difficult time for all charities – and Saint Catherine’s is no exception. Despite restrictions placed on everyone’s lives due to COVID restrictions, certain volunteering activities have been able to continue and have made a huge difference to our local community.

Saint Catherine's volunteers.

For example, Saint Catherine’s volunteers were drafted in to act as volunteer marshals at the COVID vaccination centre at Scarborough Rugby Club, playing a key part in the vaccination effort.

Volunteers have also returned where possible across the charity’s 11 shops, adapting to new methods of working with PPE and COVID safety guidelines.

The board of trustees, who govern Saint Catherine’s, are also volunteers and give their time freely.

Mike Wilkerson, chief executive at Saint Catherine’s, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of our volunteers for the amazing contribution that they make to the charity. We simply could not do what we do without them.

“It has been such a difficult year and we have missed being able to see all of our volunteers, but we are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back when it’s safe to do so.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at Saint Catherine’s, please go to www.saintcatherines.org.uk/Volunteer/ or call (01723) 351421.

There are currently vacancies for shop volunteers, a volunteer eBay assistant and a volunteer van driver. More details about the eBay and van driver roles can be found here www.saintcatherines.org.uk/Vacancies/

The following volunteers have shared their experiences during Volunteers’ Week:

Jane Welford, Whitby shop volunteer

Jane Welford, of Whitby, is coming up to her 30th year as a volunteer at the Saint Catherine’s shop in Whitby.

Jane, 73, said: “It all started after speaking to other volunteers and I decided to get in touch.

“I really enjoy it, especially the variety and meeting different people.

"We get to know our customers and it’s nice when they come and chat to you.

“Now the shops have reopened, people are coming back in and saying it’s nice to see you after such a long time.”

Before she retired, Jane used to work in retail and says she enjoys sorting stock, serving customers and working on the till.

She added: “My favourite part is meeting people and doing whatever needs doing. Saint Catherine’s is such as marvellous organisation and we need to do all we can to bring the funds in.”