Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd

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The 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 200 charity shops, 2 Superstores, 3 Donation Centres and a 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 £35 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:

Music and entertainment

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 delving into 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.

Sales Assistant

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.

Book Volunteer

Do you like a good thriller? Or are you a bit of a romantic?

We are looking for people who love books – even when they are a little bit dusty and in need of a bit of TLC. We need a book worm to help keep the books organised and looking professional on the sales floor. We have so many donated, we need help to sort, price, research, display and keep the shop floor full.

Accessories Specialist

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.

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 25% discount on all purchases.

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. 

Contact govolunteer.union@newcastle.ac.uk for more information.

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