Volunteer at our shops

More than 230 volunteers aged 16 to 92 lend a hand in our shops, and with stores across the St Clare patch it is a great way to support our work caring for people in your community.
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During 2015-16, it cost £4.1 million to run all our hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services. We receive limited NHS funding, so we need to fundraise most of this. That’s where you come in.

From sorting stock and window dressing, to serving shoppers and providing excellent customer service – volunteering just a few hours a week at a St Clare shop can make a huge difference to your local community. Our shops raised almost £400,000 last year, and we rely on volunteers to make sure every penny spent in our shops makes the biggest difference possible.

What volunteering in a charity shop can do for you

As one of our dedicated charity shop volunteers, you will be the face of our charity, helping raise money and awareness for St Clare so we can continue being there for local families who need us.

In return you will gain invaluable skills and experience that will look great on your CV, such as:

  • Team work
  • Customer service
  • Responsibility
  • Data entry
  • Numeracy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Time management
  • Professionalism
  • Cash handling
  • Shop Presentation
  • Organisation and planning skills
  • Working under pressure
  • General Retail skills

Teenager browsing through vinyl recordsAs one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers put it:

“Volunteering at the shop has really helped improve my communication skills, as I talk to staff and customers a lot. I can also use both my volunteering experiences to develop my Oxbridge university applications.

I thoroughly enjoy volunteering at the shop because there is always a job which needs doing, and it pleases me to know that the work I am doing is for a good cause.” – Vlad

Volunteer near to home or close to your interests

We have flexible working hours available, and would love for you to join one of our teams. With nine unique St Clare Shops across West Essex and East Herts border (and one in our hospice Reception area), and our Donation Centre in Bishop’s Stortford, find your local St Clare retail outlet:

Bishop’s Stortford | Buckhurst Hill | Debden | Epping | Great Dunmow | Harlow | Harlow, Vintage & RetroLoughton | Saffron Walden | Hastingwood | Donation Centre in Bishop’s Stortford

Alternatively, some of our shops specialise, and can provide a useful and unique experience learning about products you love. Choose a shop that sells what you are interested in:

Designer Fashion | Music and Books | Furniture | Collectibles

We also have a number of roles in our retail head office which is based at the Hospice and these include retail admin and distribution of our gift range.


Are your skills more digitally focused?

We have an eBay shop which is looking for volunteers too! From product photography to optimising online listings to order fulfilment, learn and apply skills to help us sell more online Forward Arrow

Boost your CV, fundraise for charity, help your community and have a good time! Apply to volunteer at a St Clare Shop today Forward Arrow

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