A St Oswald’s trustee with a passion for retail explains how volunteering can boost career progression.
Marie Liston, Corporate Services Director at SCS and Vice-Chair at St Oswald’s, has extensive experience in the retail sector and Marie speaks passionately about the many benefits of volunteering and how the skills lend themselves to the world of work.
Volunteering presents so many brilliant opportunities and can lay the foundations for people to build their careers and I’m pleased that St Oswald’s has used this campaign to shine a light on voluntary work. St Oswald’s Retail Volunteer Recruitment campaign is hugely important and I’m so pleased to be supporting it this year.
Having worked in the retail sector all my life I know how invaluable it can be to employ someone who has gained experience through voluntary work and I’m proud to be helping St Oswald’s to celebrate the benefits of volunteering as well promote the wide array of exciting voluntary vacancies they current have.
Volunteering says a huge amount about an individual. The fact that someone is willing to give up their time in order to support a cause they are passionate about without any expectation that they will receive any reward, is an extremely powerful thing to have on your CV and is positively recognised by employers too. Volunteering can expand your skill set, allow you to make new friends, help you build contacts, and you can even gain a qualification all whilst having fun and giving back to a brilliant charity.
Andrew Moir, Head of Retail at St Oswald’s, said:
Having the support of someone like Marie adds huge value to our retail volunteer recruitment campaign. Marie’s comments demonstrate how important volunteering can be to employers and how so many of the skills volunteers develop can transfer into employment. Volunteers make the most immense contribution to our 26 region-wide charity shops as well as our online shop. At St Oswald’s, volunteering is structured in such a way that you can get out as much as you put in and we really do have so many roles available, that we can accommodate all lifestyles, ages and abilities. Without sufficient numbers of volunteers, this would have a direct impact on our ability to open all of our shops and to raise the £7.5 million St Oswald’s needs to raise each year in order to continue to provide high quality care to North East families.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering with St Oswald’s, click here to view our current opportunities.