Volunteer General Shop Assistant
Gain skills and help raise vital funds by volunteering in your local community.
Volunteering at Scope
Scope is a disability equality charity providing practical information, emotional support and campaigning relentlessly for a fairer society.
As a shop volunteer you’ll help raise vital funds for our work towards achieving everyday equality for disabled people. You will make a real difference to disabled people and their families at a time of need.
We particularly welcome applications from disabled people. Equality and inclusion are at the heart of Scope’s mission. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for volunteers.
About your role
In our shops there’s a role for everyone. No matter how big or small the task you can help the smooth running of the shop. There are lots of tasks that you can try. You can choose the ones you like best or develop skills in a specific area that’s new to you.
Customer service: welcome customers to the shop, answer questions or serve on the till
Department specialist: take care of a specific area of our shop, such as books, media, shoes or vintage
Visual merchandising: create eye-catching window and shop floor displays
Back of house: sort donations and prepare stock by steaming, tagging and pricing items
Sales: learn how to drive retail sales and promote Scope raffle tickets to raise money
Housekeeping: tidy shelves and rails, keep areas sparkling clean and ensure the shop floor and stockroom is always safe from hazards
Where and when
You will be based at 45 High Street, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4AA. We’re particularly looking for volunteers to help on Saturdays however we will always try to flexible where possible. We’d love your help for as little as one hour a week, but if you can give more time that would help us even more. Chat to us about the hours and days that suit you.
You don’t need special skills or experience to volunteer. We welcome anyone who is interested in charity shops, passionate about disability equality, wants to learn something new, or keen to meet people.
Skills you’ll gain
- Customer service
- Retail sales floor skills and merchandising
- Stock management
- Health and safety
- Communication skills
- Valuable experience for your CV
- Experience in a large national disability charity
Support you’ll get
- Volunteer induction into Scope
- Relevant training to do your role efficiently and safely
- Access to a wealth of online training modules and videos hosted by Scope and Charity Learning Consortium
- Information on development opportunities such as NVQ training, Lead Volunteer opportunities and paid roles
- One to one support and regular catch ups with your manager
- Agreed out of pocket expenses (if you have any)
- Reasonable adjustments to make the role accessible to you
- A work-related reference for you
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Scope is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children and adults at risk, whether receiving services or being staff or volunteers. It expects all trustees, staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
In light of recent government advice on Covid- 19, you will be asked to wear a face mask whilst volunteering in our shops unless you are exempt. Our shops teams are doing everything they can to support staff and volunteers to feel safe in store.