Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) is the trading arm of The Salvation Army in the UK and Republic of Ireland. We were established in 1991 to help fund The Salvation Army’s vital work with vulnerable people in the UK, and today we raise money and encourage reuse and recycling through a network of over 230 charity shops, 2 Superstores, 8 Donation Centres and a rapidly expanding clothing collection division, all of which is constantly growing and developing.
With the support of the British public, we have been able to donate millions of pounds to The Salvation Army – over £43 million has been donated in the last five years alone, helping to fund the extensive and very important work that The Salvation Army carries out– including homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales and a Family Tracing Service.
If you want to be a part of our success and to play a part in helping others whilst volunteering for a fantastic company, then we have a role that suits you.
The Volunteer roles:
Do you enjoy music, film and games? Have you heard of The Sims, The Flintstones or the Rolling Stones? Do you know what these are? If you do, we need your help. We are looking for knowledgeable people to support our team and help sort, price, research and display our donations of games, DVDs and music.
Sort Room Assistant
Are you an organised person who likes things to be neat and tidy? Would you enjoy shifting through our donations to uncover hidden gems and sorting into different categories? Whether you’re a lover of vintage clothing, stunning jewellery or enjoy reading and gaming, this is the role for you.
Are you an enthusiastic outgoing individual? Do you like chatting to people? If this is you, we have a fantastic opportunity for you to join our team. Our Volunteer Sales Assistants are welcoming and helpful with a can-do attitude, making customers feel welcome and supported to find the things they’re looking for, as well as assisting them to purchase their items at the cash desk. They also keep the sales floor looking inspiring and support donors with their donations.
Social Media Specialist
Are you interested in social media? Do you use outlets such as twitter, Facebook, Snapchat etc ?
If so, we would love your support and expertise to change the world with us by reinventing charity for our generation and come join our team of passionate world changing visionaries! You could be creating a shop profile and pages on linked in , YouTube , Facebook, twitter, etc. – writing and posting blogs, tweets, updates and much, much more.
Are you looking to get involved in your local community? Or are you interested in supporting your local shop at a garden fete or Recruitment event? Have you thought about volunteering just as a one off? Then this could be the role for you. We are looking for volunteers to call on just as and when we may need some extra support at a fundraising event or recruitment drive.
Do you love your accessories? Are you always looking for that perfect piece of jewellery or the matching bag and shoes or changing the look of an outfit by adding a scarf? Would you enjoy creating exciting eye-catching displays in shop windows? If so, we would love your expertise and support in our shops to select price and display our lovely selection of accessories.
Bric a Brac Specialist
Are you interested in unusual items and antiques? Do you enjoy creating eye catching displays? If this sounds interesting to you pop along and support our team and help us to select, price and create displays of our wonderful and unusual donated items.
Are you a confident chatty person that likes getting out and about in your local community? Do you have a friendly telephone manner and enjoy building relations?
Would you like to raise awareness of our local shop stock requirements with local businesses and organisations; contacting them for surplus stock, building a data base of donors , arranging collections and sending out thank you cards. If so, we would love your help.
Do you own your own car and like getting out and about in the local community?
We need volunteers to collect bags of donations from customers’ homes and deliver back to the shop. You may also be asked to move stock from shop to shop or even take unsellable goods to the local tip.
So, whether you're looking to make new friends a couple of hours a week or improve your CV, we can provide all the support you need. We offer flexible hours to fit in with your life style as well as reimbursement for travel and staff discount. If you are looking to improve your CV, we may also be able to offer volunteers the choice to do a free short course or a selection of NVQ qualifications.
How we can help our volunteers:
Give skills, training and experience of working within a retail environment that could assist with future job searches The opportunity of developing new skills and the chance to utilise existing skills The ability to be part of a shop team and to make new friends The chance to gain a recognised NVQ qualification (dependent on criteria) Build confidence Support from our divisional Salvation Army colleagues in times of need, if required
This role is an unpaid role but reasonable travel expenses will be paid in line with the volunteer expense policy, along with 30/35p per mile for volunteer drivers using their own cars/vans, 25% discount on all purchases and a fantastic employee benefits platform giving 1000's of discounts on everyday items, a Wellbeing platform and 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme.
The time commitment for this role is flexible and will be agreed in advance with the charity Shop Manager, but if you have any available hours to spare then please apply now as we would love to talk to you.