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Volunteer In Our Charity Shops

We have over 100 charity shops across the UK that are run with volunteers. As a volunteer you can help to create eye-catching window displays and even give upcycling a go. Get started today.



Five reasons to volunteer in our shops

It's fun!

Whether it's dressing a shop window, doing the social media for a Mary's Living & Giving Shop or upcycling an old item in our other Save the Children shops, there are so many fun things that you can do as a shop volunteer.

You can volunteer at exciting events

Our Mary's Living & Giving Shops regularly run exciting events attended by high-profile names with the help of our volunteers.

You'll work with a great team

Our volunteers are professional and dedicated - you'll get to make new friends and work as part of a brilliant team.

It's flexible

Volunteering in our shops is easy and flexible. Most shops just ask you to do a regular four hours per week.

You'll be making a difference

The work that you do will be changing the lives of children around the world. Read more about our work. 



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Thanks for shopping with Save

We have over 100 charity shops across the UK that are run with volunteers. As a volunteer you can help to create eye-catching window displays and even give upcycling a go.

We’re always on the lookout for talented people who can help us stand out from the competition. It’s a great way to meet people and learn new skills. 

And you'll be helping children not just survive, but thrive, and go on to change the world. 

Please contact your local shop directly or email us at volunteersupport@savethechildren.org.uk. You can also call us on 020 3763 0260.

Get started today.


Mary Portas stands smiling outside a Save the Children 'Mary's living and giving shop' after collaborating with them to open back in 2009

We set up these boutique charity shops with the help of retail expert Mary Portas - every item donated helps children reach their full potential.

The first ever Mary’s Living & Giving shop opened in Stockbridge, Edinburgh in 2009. Over a decade later there are now 25 shops across the UK which have raised over £30million for Save the Children. 

As a volunteer you can design shop windows, work at events and help out with the shop's social media.

Search for an opportunity to work in a local branch and for more volunteering opportunities with Save the Children.


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At the moment you need to be aged 18 or over to volunteer with Save the Children, but we hope to be able to offer volunteering opportunities for young people in the near future.

We have 127 charity shops across the UK and two dozen Mary's Living & Giving stores that are run entirely by our volunteers. Find the perfect shop for you.

Volunteering in a charity shop will allow you to learn new, transferable skills. You will meet customers, sort donations and stock and make new friends. You will also be responsible for keeping the shop looking attractive and help with promotional events.

All you need is to be friendly and welcoming, able to chat with customers, the ability to handle money and be flexible and willing to do any of the shop tasks.

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