Charity retail website gathers names of 1,500 potential shop volunteers

The Charity Retail Association’s volunteer website has announced it has sourced 1,500 potential charity shop volunteers after launching around a month ago.

The Association’s volunteer website aims to gather names and contact details of potential volunteering interested in devoting their time to charity shops. This has been developed with online platform Wil-U.

“Since the launch of the charity shop volunteer website over a month ago we have been gathering names and contact details of potential volunteers interested in devoting their time to charity shops - just reaching 1500,” said the Association.

“We are very grateful to our partners at Wil-U for developing this project and we hope our joint efforts will contribute to bringing more volunteers to your shops.”

Charities looking to seek volunteers are asked to full out a survey highlighting where they need most volunteers.

"We will then attempt to match your requirements to available volunteers in the desired areas, and send you a list of contact details so that you can contact them directly,” add the Association.

Shop closures

Meanwhile, the Charity Retail Association is staging an online conference called Build Back Better (22-24 September). This aims to help charities ensure their retail chain can be resilient amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The closure of charity shops during lockdown has had a devastating impact on charity finances. Among those impacted is the British Heart Foundation. The charity reopened its shops last month but also said around 300 jobs across its organisation are at risk due to lost income.

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