Get a Shift On! Acorns Issues Urgent Call for Shop Volunteers

This Volunteers’ Week 2018, Acorns Children’s Hospice is calling on local people to get a shift on and join its team of inspirational shop volunteers. 

The charity, which operates over 50 shops across the West Midlands, Birmingham and the Black Country is on the lookout for people to take on a range of important roles; from operating tills, to sorting stock and preparing window displays.

Acorns hopes to increase the total number of hours completed by shop volunteers by 12,000 over the next year; with each extra hour crucial in helping the charity in its ability to raise the £10 million it needs annually to continue.  

Val Hammond, Head of Retail at Acorns, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for committed individuals to meet new people and learn new skills and we’ve got a wide range of roles to suit you, whatever your strengths or interests.

“We simply wouldn’t be able to continue our vital work caring for life limited and life threatened children without the support and of our brilliant volunteers and this Volunteers’ Week we’re excited to bring on more people to join our team.”

The network of Acorns shops across the West Midlands raise around £1.3million every year towards the running costs of the charity’s three hospices and care services within family homes.

Val added: “Volunteers are absolutely vital, not only in helping to keep our shops running but also to make them inviting places to visit and I would encourage anyone interested in applying for a volunteering position at either of these shops to get in touch.

“By joining our retail team you be helping to keep our shops competitive, which in turn helps to generate funds towards the care and support we provide local children and families, every single year.”

Acorns offers a range of specialist services for children and support for their families across the Midlands. In the last year Acorns has supported over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved. 

To sign up as a shop volunteer, visit 




Photo caption: Get your shift on… Join Acorns team of inspirational shop volunteers.


For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team:

Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / 07814 302153 /

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 /

Jamie Perry: 01564 825063 / 07971 913042 /


Notes to editors:


  • Due to the sensitive nature of Acorns care services it refrains from using the words ‘terminal’ or ‘terminally ill’ in its press releases and public communications when describing the children who use Acorns and the conditions that they have. Instead, Acorns uses the words ‘life limited’, ‘life limiting’, or ‘life threatening’. Acorns kindly requests that you respect this in your communications when referring to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Acorns children have a lot of living to do. Thank you.

  • This year Acorns is celebrating its 30th Acorns in Birmingham, Selly Oak was opened in 1988 by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. Acorns in the Black Country, Walsall opened in 1999 and Acorns for the Three Counties, Worcester opened in 2005.  To find out more about this year’s 30th celebrations and how you can get involved, visit


  • Acorns is currently the UK and the world’s largest children’s hospice charity, as measured by the number of children who we are helping to care for.


  • It costs nearly £10 million a year to run our care services providing care for the child and support for families. Acorns relies heavily on the community to fund the majority of its activities. 



About Volunteers’ Week 2018

Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.

Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to mark Volunteers’ Week. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

Charities across the UK will hold events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering to bring communities together. Last year more than 900 events took place, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.

For many charities the week will also be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Volunteer fairs and other events will encourage people to try volunteering for the first time and help people find out how through volunteering they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about.

To find out more visit

Follow @NCVOvolunteers the official twitter account for the week or #volunteersweek.