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Volunteering with Shaw Trust

Shaw Trust volunteers help us to create brighter futures for the clients we serve. Shaw Trust currently has a national network of over 1,000 volunteers, who last year donated 126,000 hours of their time to Shaw Trust. Our volunteers:
  • Help support our clients into employment
  • Add value to the services we deliver
  • Help our clients to gain new skills and confidence
  • Give back to their local community
  • Get something back as a result
We work with individual volunteers and with employer-supported volunteering, where several staff from an organisation can share their skills by volunteering in a group. 
To find out more about why you should volunteer with Shaw Trust, please click on the image to view our video:

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Meet our volunteers
Shaw Trust volunteers come from all different backgrounds. They have professional and interpersonal skills that can help our clients. Our volunteers help to run our charity retail shops, provide support at our social enterprises and give their time to help our clients build their confidence, enhance their skills and find work. This is done through mentoring, coaching and the provision of practical support, such as help with basic IT skills or CV development.

Jacqui Manning
Jacqui’s background is in fundraising and marketing. She used her experience to help clients with online job searching, CV writing and basic IT skills. 

“Anyone considering volunteering with Shaw Trust should just go for it. You can make a positive difference to other people and gain immense satisfaction.”
Getting involved
If you are interested in sharing your skills and experience with our clients, please complete our online application form (opens in new tab or window) or e-mail (opens in new window). You can also call 0300 247 2222 for further information. 
We look for certain qualities in our volunteers. These include commitment, reliability, enthusiasm and a genuine desire to help others. Volunteers need to be able to commit their time on a regular basis. We do an initial screen call to discuss the role and interview prospective volunteers.

We welcome volunteers from any age-range over eighteen – it’s never the wrong time to get involved! We do also offer some roles to young people aged between 16 and 18 in our shops and social enterprises and those between 14 and 16 under the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Please contact us for more details.

There are lots of different ways to volunteer with us, so to find out what role might be right for you, please contact us on 0300 247 2222 between 9am and 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our page on the volunteering website (opens in new tab or window) to find a role near you. 

Volunteers who work with clients undergo a criminal records check. We organise this, along with two references for each volunteer. Further information can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website (opens in new tab or window) and the Disclosure Scotland website (opens in new tab or window).

Volunteering Options at Shaw Trust

The majority of our volunteers give their time to support our retail shops. To volunteer in one of our charity shops you can speak to the manager of your nearest shop. You can also call Retail Operations on 01225 716345. To find your nearest Shaw Trust retail shop please visit Shaw Trust in your areaWe also have other volunteering opportunities within our schools and social enterprises.
Employer-supported volunteering

Many organisations like to offer their staff team the opportunity to volunteer or to raise funds for a local charity. If your organisation would like to support the work of Shaw Trust, please visit our employer-supported volunteering page for further details. You can also email (opens in new window) or call 0300 247 2222.
Shaw Trust Volunteers
Complete a volunteer application on-line
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