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Join an Age UK shop team

Our shop volunteers are book collectors and fashion connoisseurs. They are listeners and friends.

They know that one person's unwanted clutter is another person's treasure.

As a volunteer, you'll serve customers, sort stock and make window displays. But the role is so much more than that.

Our shops are a local hub of activity. Older people visit to browse and chat when they have no one else to talk to at home.

And while all this is happening, you'll be helping Age UK raise vital funds to make the UK a better place to grow older.

What's in it for you

  • Making friends
  • Learning new skills
  • Supporting a great cause at the heart of your community
  • Being part of a fantastic team
  • Agreed expenses

"It's important to reach out to those in the community that feel isolated"

After moving back to the UK after many years living abroad, Cathy became an Age UK shop volunteer.

"Volunteering at my local Age UK shop was a fantastic way not only to find a social life for myself but also to give something back to the community."

She adds, "you're helping so many people. I find that we get a lot of people coming in who want that human contact they may not get at home."

"It's the people you meet out there on the shop floor that make it all worthwhile."

What we need from you

Whether you've got an hour a week to spare or you want to volunteer every day, we'd love to hear from you.

Start by filling out this quick form. We'll then take you through a short recruitment process and find out what days and times you're available. We'll also need a reference from you. This process can take up to 2 weeks but it often happens much sooner.

If you're under 16, you won't be able to volunteer in our shops, but you can take a look at our Small Acts of Kindness page for ideas about how you can help out. And thanks for your passion – please remember us when you turn 16!

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Last updated: Jan 23 2019

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