Volunteer in our retail stores

Think volunteering for a retail store means standing around in an empty, dusty shop? Think again.

Our 16 Saint Francis Hospice retail stores are busy, bustling and rewarding places to volunteer. Our volunteers are the backbone of our retail stores - which turnover £2million a year - and a fundamental part of our success. We are now also looking for a digital savvy volunteer to help with our ecommerce sales of donated goods!
So whether you have a couple of hours a fortnight to spare or five full working days, you can rest assured that you'll be joining a highly valued team - and you'll be making a big difference to a local charity. 

What do your charity shops sell?

We have a variety of shops, some specialising in furniture, electrical goods and wedding gear, others a more classic offering of clothes, toys, books and accessories. All of our shops have been refurbished in the past few years, so they're bright, light, modern and airy places to be. Pop in and see if you want to make sure! 

What jobs do your volunteers do?

The roles within our shops vary, so you could serve customers, sort through the donations, create eye catching window displays, pick out items to sell on eBay, or steam our clothes to add value. We try our best to accommodate skill sets and interests, so do let us know where your preferences lie. 
What sort of people volunteer for the Saint Francis Hospice charity shops?
You'll be placed in a friendly team of individuals with ages ranging from sixth form students up to retired people in their 80s and 90s. One thing will connect you all - that's a commitment to an important local charity. 

Do I need to have experience?

No. You will be provided with full training, including an induction at Saint Francis Hospice so you understand the charity we support. It's a role suitable for people in a whole range of situations, including people currently out of work looking to embellish their CV, sixth form students wishing to gain vital experience to help with employment, and retired people looking to use their spare time wisely. What we do ask for is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!

What if I don't have much free time?

We'd like to hear from you whether you have a couple of hours free on a Thursday afternoon or want to volunteer 9am-5pm, every day of the week. We understand that many of you will be squeezing us in around other commitments, so we will do our best to accommodate your availability. 

I'm interested! What next?

Download this form and either send it to us in an email to Retail Head Office, Unit 10 Ashton Gate, Ashton Road, Harold Hill, Essex, RM3 8UF. You should hear from us within 24 hours of us receiving your communication. Please note that Retail Volunteers must be 18 years or older.