At Helen & Douglas House, we help make life a little more bearable for local families facing the challenges and heartbreak of caring for a terminally ill child. Without the £5 million a year it takes to keep our doors open, we would have to turn away families at this desperately sad time in their lives.At Helen & Douglas House, we help make life a little more bearable for local families facing the challenges and heartbreak of caring for a terminally ill child. Without the £5 million a year it takes to keep our doors open, we would have to turn away families at this desperately sad time in their lives.
Our 33 shops bring in around 20% of our income, but this wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic team of volunteers. Between them, they contribute 128,200 hours of their time, worth £1 million in economic value. Their work means we can continue to help terminally ill children and their families in their darkest hours. Giving just 4 hours a week of your time makes an enormous difference.
Not only will you meet new people and gain work experience, but you’ll also be supporting a worthy cause. Our shops are packed with everything from vintage gems to quality pre-loved gifts and clothes, and all the money raised directly helps local families going through unimaginably difficult circumstances.
How do I get involved?
Whether you’re a high street bargain hunter, vintage fashionista, interior design guru or you just love seeing the joy on someone’s face when they find that perfect dress, there’s something for everyone when you volunteer with Helen & Douglas House.
You don’t have to commit a huge amount of time. A few hours a week is enough to make a big difference. Applying to become a shop volunteer is quick and easy. Simply visit your local Helen & Douglas House charity shop and ask for an application form or phone one of your local shops for more information.
You’ll find our bright and colourful shops throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties, including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
Find your nearest shop and learn more about volunteering at our charity shops.
Why volunteer with Helen & Douglas House?
Did you know that in our region alone, 1 in 300 children have potentially terminal conditions? Sadly, that figure is increasing. Without the help we receive from our volunteers, caring for these children and their families wouldn’t be possible.
When you give your time to support our shops, you’ll be helping us spread the word about the amazing work we do here at the hospice. Each of our shop volunteers has their own reason for wanting to be part of the Helen & Douglas House team, but here are some of the other great reasons why you should sign up today!
- You’ll get the warm feeling that comes from helping local terminally ill children.
- You’ll be part of a friendly team.
- It’s a great way to make new friends and meet a diverse group of people.
- You’ll gain valuable retail experience and other skills to add to your CV.
- You can make a big difference with just four hours a week.