Barkers of Huby runs on the time and enthusiasm of local volunteers. Other than the Post Office staff, all the people you meet in the shop are volunteers. Being open 7 days a week means we have an enthusiastic and skilled team of nearly 50 volunteers.
We rely on having volunteers giving an hour or two of time each week. Some people like to open the shop up and others prefer to cover the shop during the day, whilst others close the shop and do the end of day takings reconciliation. Everyone is given training and support & we have get togethers of volunteers to share the latest news and get ideas.
We have an easy to use app for signing up for shifts. You can sign up for a regular shift, fill in where needed, or a bit of both. You don’t even need to do serving if you don’t want to. We always need help with stocking shelves, back office administration and ordering and cleaning.
By volunteering you can help keep the shop open and successful by giving an hour or two of your time each week.
There’s always a job to be done! And it’s a great way to meet people and keep the village vibrant. Speak to Terry Wolf or email email@example.com.
Making a difference during lockdown
During lockdown we set up a Good Neighbour Scheme so that we could provide essential food deliveries to people shielding. Meet some of the amazing volunteers who helped out.
Volunteering is good for you and the community
Lynda & Graham Jones are two of our volunteers, Recent retirees, they moved to Huby in September 2019.They got to know Barkers of Huby from stopping by on their house-hunting trips and always thought it was a great feature of the village.
“We hadn’t been here long before Janet in the Post Office said we should volunteer because it was a good way of getting to know people. Someone else pointed out that the shop was a great place to pick up the village gossip – or start the gossip if we wanted to!”
“We’d enjoyed volunteering for things in the past, so decided we could do an hour or two a week. We gave ourselves a few months to settle in and signed up early in 2020. That was shortly before the first lockdown when the shop became a lifeline for the village. Suddenly we were busy with shifts in the shop plus shopping for people shielding, but that way we got to know more people more quickly than we would have done otherwise.”
“It’s been good to learn new skills like how to operate a till and it’s fun meeting the cross-section of Huby & Sutton residents and passers-by who use the shop, especially when there’s chance for a chat. And it means when we pass people in the street, we often know them from seeing them in the shop. We’ve also made some good friends among the other volunteers and enjoy the volunteer socials.”
“The shop is a great asset to Huby and Sutton and it’s good to be playing a small part in keeping it going.”
Please volunteer and help keep your village shop open!
Our volunteers are amazing. Come and be amazing too!