Our volunteers make up a huge part of what we do – without all the wonderful people who give up their time to help run our donations centres we wouldn’t be able to do nearly as much as we do to support those in need. So if you’d like to help make a difference, why not get involved by volunteering at one of our centres?
Get in touch with your nearest donation centre here to find out how you can get involved.
Daily tasks at our donation centres are many and varied, so you needn’t worry about getting bored. On a typical day, a volunteer could find themselves:
Annie has been volunteering at Piershill Donation Centre for 14 months, and during her time has learned a variety of new skills, as well as making lots of new friends.
“I joined the volunteering team at the donation centre after visiting a few times. Everyone was so friendly and the place had such a buzz about it that I felt that I would really like to be part of what they were doing. It is such a fun place to volunteer – hard work though – and the time I spend in the centre flies by. I’m glad I joined the team here and always speak highly of the centre – maybe that’s why a few of my neighbours volunteer here also!”
We love volunteers with plenty of time - the more you can give, the better!
If you have a physical or learning disability, volunteering with us could help you on your way towards future paid employment. We welcome help from people of all abilities, and we always look to accommodate the specific needs of individuals so that they get as much out of their volunteering experience as possible.
Having a criminal conviction can make it difficult to secure employment. Volunteering with us can be a great way to get back into work and show potential employers that you’re ready for a paid position.
Many companies offer their employees days off to volunteer with charity organisations, and we can benefit from the experience these people bring.
Volunteering at our donation centres is never dull. There are always opportunities to try out a range of different jobs, from working on the shop floor to upcycling donated furniture, allowing volunteers to pick up useful new skills in a professional environment.
If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, volunteering is a great thing to add to your list of achievements. Recruiters and course administrators like to see people with varied and interesting backgrounds who are willing to pitch in, and volunteering experience is a top qualifier.
Volunteering can be a useful step towards securing paid employment. By showing that you’ve successfully held a volunteer position, you will appear more attractive to employers and improve your chances of gaining paid work.
While not everyone can afford to donate money or items, their time is still valuable. Whether you’re a master of a particular trade or just happy to get stuck in, we can make use of your abilities in order to help others in need. It’s a way of giving that is truly personal to you.
If you’re retired, not in work, or otherwise have spare time on your hands, volunteering at one of our centres is a great way to get out and meet new people, as well as be part of a fantastic team.
Knowing that your efforts go towards helping others less fortunate gives you a great feeling! The money we make at our donation centres supports our work with those in need, and can make a positive difference to people’s lives. For our volunteers, being part of that process is hugely rewarding.
You can message us or contact your local donation centre directly. All our donation centres have a facebook page so you can message us for more information.