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Barnardo's

At Barnardo’s we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. We will ensure their needs are met and their voices are heard.

This belief started with our pioneering founder, Thomas Barnardo, who stood up for the most vulnerable children in society. We continue to fight for the UK’s most vulnerable children to realise his dream of a world where no child is turned away.

Barnardo’s is the children’s charity with the largest number of services on the ground in the UK: we run over 900 services in local communities. Our work includes reaching and helping children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. We find loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care.

Last year we transformed the lives of more than 200,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. We helped many more by campaigning to change policy and public opinion.

Running a successful Barnardo’s store requires a great team of enthusiastic volunteers and you could be part of it! Our volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and bring a wide variety of skills to the organisation. They come together to generate vital funds for Barnardo’s work with children, young people and their families.

Role Aim: 

Running a successful Barnardo’s store requires a great team of enthusiastic volunteers and you could be part of it! Our volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and bring a wide variety of skills to the organisation. They come together to generate vital funds for Barnardo’s work with children, young people and their families.

Duties: 

Unlike standard retail outlets, our stores offer a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of the retail operation. Our Volunteer Retail Assistants are trained to undertake a wide range of activities including:

* Providing strong customer service.

* Serving customers at the till.

* Taking receipt of stock donations from the public, thanking them for their generosity and finding out if they are Gift Aid Donors.

* Signing up new Gift Aid Donors (this raises an extra 25p per pound for Barnardo’s from the sale of donations and does not cost donors anything).

* Replenishing stock by making sure our rails and shelves are well-stocked, visually appealing and tidy.

* Merchandising throughout the store.

* Stock preparation including sorting, steaming and pricing.

* Possible administrative tasks such as stocktaking.

If you have a particular skill or interest, our team would be delighted to discuss how you could utilise it in store! This could range from computer skills to collectables knowledge, fundraising experience to fashion awareness - whatever your talent, please share it with us!

Skills needed: 

? A friendly and helpful manner

* Honesty and reliability

* An interest or experience working in retail/ fashion/ and with the general public

* Commitment to Barnardo’s Basis and Values

* Commitment to Barnardo’s Equality and Diversity

Training: 

? You will be trained in every aspect of your role and will receive an induction covering health and safety, safeguarding children and also our equality and diversity policies.

* We will provide you with all the support you need to feel confident in your role.

Location: 
In Barnardo's retail store across London (multiple locations available)
Time commitment: 
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Opening times: 
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Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here