When 62-year-old Rod Jack from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, took early retirement from his job as an investment manager with a life assurance company, he wanted to keep busy but do something different.
Then he spotted an advert for a van driver at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and decided to try volunteering.
Rod came in to the hospice to find out more and after a meeting with members of the volunteers and retail team, then a short induction course, he was ready to start.
Rod met staff and volunteers at some of the hospice’s shops and hit the road.
He volunteers every Wednesday. After coming into the hospice in the morning he gets a list of jobs, delivering stock to different shops across the city.
“It can be as far afield as Kirkintilloch or Baillieston. I start at 10am and every day is different,” says Rod, who is married with three grown-up children.
Some shops receive more donations than others so a crucial part of Rod’s role is to move the stock where it is needed. Sometimes, items that don’t sell in one shop may sell in another so stock is moved around.
All the bags of donations we receive are sorted through in our shops by volunteers and it is crucial we turn as many of these donations into cash for the hospice by selling them on.
“I enjoy getting out and about in Glasgow and meeting people. I like driving, you’re out on your own, and you do what has been asked of you. It’s satisfying at the end of the day to feel you’ve been a part of helping the hospice.
“The purpose of volunteering is to give time and a skill: I am asked to drive a van, pick things up, it is a role that helps the hospice function. It’s about having my skills used and being appreciated.
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of it. I’m a small cog in a bigger wheel that does something worthwhile.”
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