Volunteers are important at Wandsworth Oasis Charity Shops
While we do have paid members of staff, we couldn't keep our 7 charity shops open 7 days a week, 365 days a year (pretty much!) without the incredible support of our volunteers. They sort and price donations; keep the shops tidy; create window displays; do the shop related admin and cashing up; and support local community fundraising events.
It is because of our volunteers that we have such a loyal customer and donor base. They know the books certain customers like to read, give advice on clothing and generally persuade customers that they really do want that little knick knack! Because when it's gone, it's gone!
Our volunteers are all very different and they all volunteer with us for different reasons. Each demonstrates how the Wandsworth Oasis ethos plays a role in the local community in a way that perhaps larger charity shops can’t. It’s that oasis of support thing again – reaching out and back again in all directions.
Meet some of our volunteers…
Everyone gets a second chance at Wandsworth Oasis
We believe everyone deserves a second (or maybe third) chance – some of our most fantastic and reliable volunteers are recovering alcoholics/drug addicts or have a criminal record. These individuals are working hard to turn their lives around and are voluntarily giving something back by helping us to make our shops a success. In return we provide crucial work experience and non judgmental support to help them get their lives back on track.
We also believe in Christian values and a sense of local community. Many of our volunteers share these values and have been with us, literally, for years. They are the sole reason why some people come into the charity shops – a friendly face, a chat and a cup of tea (if we’ve got milk!).
Work experience in a charity shop can help with your CV
The economy nay have improved a bit, but there are still lots of people out of work just looking for an opportunity to show what they are capable of. We offer volunteer placements in our charity shops for people on Job Seekers Allowance. All volunteers who have successfully volunteered with us for a reasonable length of time will get a reference as well as some really important skills such as customer service, cash handlng, display and administration. We also welcome individuals looking to gain a position in the trades - things are always breaking down or need fixing in a charity shop - plus we also need a lot of second hand electrical items PAT tested - so we are always overjoyed when someone handy or willing to learn comes along wanting to volunteer
A day in a life of a Wandsworth Oasis volunteer…
The stories we could all tell…we could write a sitcom and research a cure for HIV with the royalties. All seasons in one day… we can’t say more…
We need volunteers in all our charity shops and to help out with events, fundraising, eBay and finance. If you are interested in finding out about becoming a volunteer at Wandsworth Oasis, take a look at our volunteer information pages.