Thank you to our 4500+ volunteers 

Our volunteers are a great part of what we do. Without their hard work and commitment, we wouldn’t be able to support those in need. If you would like to make a difference, get involved by volunteering in one of our shops and donation centres.

Do you want to help?

You’ve come to the right place.

Read more information below and discover all the ways you can get involved.

Why volunteer with us?

Learn new skills

Volunteering at our donation centres is never dull. There are always opportunities to try out a range of different jobs, from working on the shop floor to upcycling donated furniture, allowing volunteers to pick up useful new skills in a professional environment. You can also access FREE training on our award winning platform, The Learning Booth.

It looks great on a CV

If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, volunteering is a great thing to add to your list of achievements. Recruiters and course administrators like to see people with varied and interesting backgrounds who are willing to pitch in, and volunteering experience is a top qualifier.

Get back into the world of work

Volunteering can be a useful step towards securing paid employment. By showing that you’ve successfully held a volunteer position, you will appear more attractive to employers and improve your chances of gaining paid work.

Put your skills to good use

While not everyone can afford to donate money or items, their time is still valuable. Whether you’re a master of a particular trade or just happy to get stuck in, we can make use of your abilities in order to help others in need. It’s a way of giving that is truly personal to you.

Get out of the house

If you’re retired, not in work, or otherwise have spare time on your hands, volunteering at one of our centres is a great way to get out and meet new people, as well as be part of a fantastic team.

It feels good

Knowing that your efforts go towards helping others less fortunate gives you a great feeling! The money we make at our donation centres supports our work with those in need, and can make a positive difference to people’s lives. For our volunteers, being part of that process is hugely rewarding.

Find your role

Explore a range of rewarding volunteer roles that fit in with your interests, skills, and schedule. Whether you have a knack for organization, a skill for customer service, or a passion for helping your community, we have the perfect role for you. You can choose between:


Media Volunteer – Music and Entertainment

Volunteer Sort Room Assistant

Volunteer Sales Assistant

Book Volunteer

Jewellery & Accessories Specialist Volunteer

Bric-a-Brac Volunteer

Volunteer Key Holder

Social Media Volunteer

eBay volunteer


Our volunteers love working with us

Here are some recent comments from our volunteers:

“I have formed long lasting friendships.”

“I love giving to the community.”

“I like to keep busy while giving something back.”

“I have met a wonderful new family.”

Join a team of dedicated and fun individuals and visit your local Salvation Army charity shop to start your volunteering journey.


Find out more

Frequently Asked Questions

You can message us or contact your local shop directly. Most of our shops have a Facebook page so you can message us for more information.

We are grateful for every hour of your time. You can set your own schedule and have a talk with the shop manager to check out their availability and needs.

Of course. We are grateful that you are considering to donate your time to us. We welcome every single volunteer, regardless of disability, learning difficulties or lack of experience.

We have volunteers as young as 14. As long as you are happy to meet new friends and donate some of your time to a good cause, you are welcome in our team.