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Work experience – Volunteer

Work experience – Volunteer

Are you currently studying and looking for a work experience placement? At Helen and Douglas House, we welcome work experience opportunities whether it be in our head office or any of our retail shops. Starting from year 10 students who are looking into completing the mandatory work experience to young adults who are looking to gain valuable skills and experience to enhance their career profile.

If you have a passion for fashion and can make our customers feel welcome, a volunteer position in one of our amazing retail shops might be for you. You’ll find our bright and colourful shops throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties, including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

If you are looking to gain experience in an office setting you will need to be friendly and helpful and willing to learn. Please get in touch to find out more. 

If you would like to complete your work experience placement with us, please fill out the application form online or contact our Recruitment team on 01865 794749 for more information. Please note, you should be at least 14 years of age to be considered for this role. This role is due to commence in September 2019. 

Take a look at the role description of a shop volunteer

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. 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 £3.6 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. 

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. When you give your time to support our shops or even in the office, 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!

  1. You’ll get the warm feeling that comes from helping local terminally ill children.
  2. You’ll be part of a friendly team.
  3. It’s a great way to make new friends and meet a diverse group of people.
  4. You’ll gain valuable retail experience and other skills to add to your CV.
  5. You can make a big difference from just 3 hours per day.