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Scope – Volunteer Shop Assistant

Gain skills and help raise vital funds by volunteering in your local community.

Volunteering at Scope

Scope is a disability equality charity providing practical information, emotional support and campaigning relentlessly for a fairer society.

As a shop volunteer you’ll help raise vital funds for our work towards achieving everyday equality for disabled people. You will make a real difference to disabled people and their families at a time of need.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled people. Equality and inclusion are at the heart of Scope’s mission. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for volunteers.

About your role

In our shops there’s a role for everyone. No matter how big or small the task you can help the smooth running of the shop. There are lots of tasks that you can try. You can choose the ones you like best or develop skills in a specific area that’s new to you.

Choose from:

Customer service: welcome customers to the shop, answer questions or serve on the till if over 16 years of age.

Department specialist: take care of a specific area of our shop, such as books, media, shoes or vintage

Visual merchandising: create eye-catching window and shop floor displays

Back of house: sort donations and prepare stock for shop floor

Sales: learn how to drive retail sales and promote Scope raffle tickets to raise money if you are over 16 years of age

Housekeeping: tidy shelves and rails, keep areas sparkling clean and ensure the shop floor and stockroom is always safe from hazards

Where and when

You will be based in one of our charity shops. We will always try to flexible where possible. We’d love your help for as little as one hour a week, but if you can give more time that would help us even more. Chat to us about the hours and days that suit you.

Skills needed

You don’t need special skills or experience to volunteer. We welcome anyone who is interested in charity shops, passionate about disability equality, wants to learn something new, or keen to meet people.

Skills you’ll gain

Customer service

Retail sales floor skills and merchandising

Stock management

Health and safety


Communication skills

Valuable experience for your CV

Experience in a large national disability charity

Support you’ll get

Volunteer induction into Scope

Relevant training to do your role efficiently and safely

Access to a wealth of online training modules and videos hosted by Scope and Charity Learning Consortium

Information on development opportunities such as NVQ training, Lead Volunteer opportunities and paid roles

One to one support and regular catch ups with your manager

Agreed out of pocket expenses (if you have any)

Reasonable adjustments to make the role accessible to you

Duke of Edinburgh Assessor report once you complete your hours

A work-related reference for you


Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Scope is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children and adults at risk, whether receiving services or being staff or volunteers. It expects all trustees, staff and volunteers to share this commitment.