Volunteering in a Sense shop

Our fantastic volunteers are the lifeblood of our shops.

A group of volunteers and staff in a Sense shop

They take on every job enthusiastically and contribute hugely in making our shops so welcoming and friendly.

Sense shop donations come from individuals, businesses, house clearances and other sources. We always need people to select, prepare and price the best quality items to sell, to stock the shelves, help on the till, and serve and assist customers.

Our volunteers with their individual talents and interests are responsible for creating eye-catching window displays, or categorising books and music.

Those with a passion for IT are busy with our data entry system, while volunteers with expert knowledge are always welcome to check our bric-a-brac. We recently sold a Clarice Cliff art deco vase for £950. Would you have noticed it?

"I love being part of the team here – we have volunteers from all different backgrounds and with all kinds of different interests and we have a real laugh together."

Being a Sense shop volunteer is a great way to meet people. You’ll join a team of more than 1,500 people – but we can always use more pairs of hands.

So please take a look at our roles below and consider offering your experience, energies and time for a great cause. We’d love to welcome you as a Sense volunteer in our Sense shops.

  • Shopfloor assistants and till operators
  • Window dressers; volunteer recruiters
  • Gift Aid volunteers
  • Stock processors
  • Book enthusiasts
  • Data-entry assistants
  • Music lovers
  • Events supporters
  • Warehouse operators
  • Leaflet distributors
  • Drivers
  • Accessories specialists
  • Administrative assistants
  • Bric-a-brac experts

Interested in getting in touch with your local shop? Please complete our Volunteering enquiry form and we’ll send you details of your nearest shop and how to get started.

First published: Monday 14 May 2012
Updated: Tuesday 7 November 2017