Volunteering at one of our charity shops isn't just about sorting and pricing clothes and helping our shop run smoothly, it's about finding purpose, community and connection. Especially for those of our volunteers who've experienced loss.

Their journey through grief has given them a unique understanding and empathy, making them not just valued volunteers, but compassionate listeners for those who walk through our doors.

Colin volunteers in our Hallam Rd, Stenhousemuir charity shop: “My first involvement with Strathcarron was over 30 years ago when my sister Irene was admitted to the Hospice for end of life care after being diagnosed with MND. I’ve always remembered the tremendous care she received from the nursing staff and how all the family who were in attendance were comforted during her final days.

My wife of 45 years, Sheena was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and after treatment at Forth Valley and Beatson Hospitals, she was looked after at home by Strathcarron.

Her wish was to be admitted into the Hospice when the time came. She did not want me to be under pressure having to look after her at home, as she had experience of this when her own mum had passed away from Cancer. Sheena passed away in 2021 in the Hospice. I was by her side.

My work in the Strathcarron’s charity shop has given me a purpose and reason to get out and about, meet different people and do different things. It also gives something back to the Hospice who do such a magnificent job .

I would advise anyone to give it a try”.

Visit Volunteer for us for more information, or contact our Volunteer Service Co-ordinator Eileen Ashford on Tel. No. 01324 826222 Ext 271 or e-mail [email protected]. We'd love to hear from you and have a chat!

For more support and information on grief and bereavement, please visit our Bereavement Hub: Bereavement Resources