Volunteering is fun!

The Shop offers an essential service to many people, providing not only groceries but a place to meet and socialise and has become an integral part of our village community. Our volunteers are essential to the success of the shop.

We are currently operating a rota system of up to five shifts per day. Most of our volunteers work one shift per week, although some choose to do two or three and some prefer to work once a fortnight or even once a month. We do our best to be flexible and accommodate everyone’s wishes, however, although we currently have a dedicated team we still need more volunteers to make this possible.

If you would like to join the team please speak to any of our Directors or pick up an application form in the Shop.

How can you help?

Working behind the till is just one way of helping the shop, but volunteer tasks aren’t just about serving in the shop or stacking shelves, we will also need help in lots of other ways, including:

  • Receiving deliveries from our main suppliers and re-stocking the shelves.
  • Maintenance work, for example, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and odd jobs.
  • Volunteer support, offering help, guidance and peer support to new and existing volunteers.
  • Researching new products we might stock.
  • Occasional shopping trips to replenish stocks.
  • Behind the scenes and professional help, e.g. banking, accounting and bookkeeping, legal and policy documentation, human resources, administration, marketing, fundraising, or event organisation.
  • Helping with computer skills.

Whatever skill or interest you have, we will welcome and appreciate all offers of help. 

Volunteers need to be over the age of 16 but there is no upper age limit. Volunteers can be of all ages and ability – students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, people in full-time employment who can only help out at weekends or parents with young children who can only help during school hours, as well as the ‘active retired’.

What are the benefits?

These are just a few of the benefits gained from supporting Slaley Community Shop:

  • Meet old friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Be part of your community
  • Be proud of the part you play in keeping a valuable resource for all in Slaley.
  • At least one annual party to which all our volunteers and their spouses will be invited, as a thank you for all your help.
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