What are your experiences of working in a charity shop?Watch
Ah awesome! Did you do it regularly, i.e every Saturday morning, or could you chose when you were free? Like, if you went on holiday were they okay about you not going for that time?
I did it after school and some Saturday's but they were okay if I went on holiday or couldn't do it for a particular day generally it's really flexible volunteering at charity shops
Sounds perfect for the summer holidays if I want to go on holiday then I suppose it all depends on the charity shop itself, and something to ask when I enquire. Did you have like an interview type thing to volunteer there?
not to me, but they gossip so much about other people they know, make fun of all the donations, and complain a lot about the customers
though that can be funny sometimes
But I'd say it's pretty good overall just wish I went later in the day
How you find it will depend on the type of shop. I know people who were just bored senseless working in some of the more basic charity shops.
The shops themselves can range from a ghost town for hours on end to Piccadilly Circus, so be prepared for that.
I don't mean to put you off... It may only be a handful of places that are like this, just be wary of them.
If you really want to volunteer somewhere, I'd whole heartedly recommend an animal shelter if you're an animal lover, it's extremely rewarding, great fun and a door opener into charity events like sponsored walks, and charity dog shows etc.
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It's a good job I posted this thread because I had no idea it could be this bad! What other volunteering could I do similar to this?
It would be better if you could tailor your volunteering to both though; something related to what you want to do for a career/job and something that makes you want to make a difference. If you like reading maybe a library and eventually work up to running a reading group for younger people to encourage reading. If you like animals maybe a shelter. Or in a hospital or care home. That sort of thing. Sometimes you will have bad experiences with volunteering but try to make the most of it or find something else - theres nothing more depressing than having to force yourself to go when you aren't even getting paid for it.
i then went on to do volunteer admin work at a mental health charity called mind and they were far more welcoming and professional.
you can guess which one went on my CV!
I just got stuck in the backroom and was told off when I spoke to a customer. They constantly changed their policy on who could do pricing or put stock on the rails, and after an argument between a manager and one staff member they fired all of the staff working that day (which was their entire workforce, except for me as I wasn't in). Then they started lamenting that they were understaffed (you just fired everyone???) and tried to pull me in for extra hours, but they were even stricter on who could do what, wouldn't let me near the tills or customers or do anything other than sorting through bags of often unusable clothes (when will people learn that no one can sell your used underwear?). I'd developed a good relationship with all of the staff and it was super boring after they'd all been sacked for seemingly no reason. In the end I just walked out, because I wasn't getting paid enough to put up with all of this bull and in fact I wasn't getting paid at all.