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Retail Volunteer 01 Jan 0001

Young Volunteer

Why am I needed?

Community is at the heart of everything that we do at Tenovus Cancer Care to help those affected by cancer. Our aim is simple – to deliver a vision where fewer people get cancer and those that do receive equal access to excellent treatment. However, we can’t do this without your help. So, we’d like you to volunteer your time and commitment to help us make a difference.

As a Young Volunteer, you will gain invaluable real-life experience in the charity and retail sector whilst making a positive difference to those affected by cancer. Volunteer work is a great way to boost your CV, helps on University, College or Sixth form applications or to simply lift your confidence and gain new skills!

There are lots of different roles to choose from. If you wanted to gain hands on customer service skills, or if you have a particular interest in Books, or Media etc, we have something to suit every interest in our Charity Shops.

We are now taking on anyone aged 16 and over and 14 and over if you are part of Duke of Edinburgh or Welsh Baccalaureate.

What will I be doing?

Activities will be largely determined by the type of volunteering you would like to undertake, some examples are:

  • Interacting with shop customers, making them feel welcome and answering queries
  • Sorting and displaying donations alongside our Retail Assistants
  • Working alongside our Upcycle Creators to transform donated clothes and accessories into unique and special pieces
  • Assisting our Visual Merchandisers to create engaging shop window displays

What skills do I need?

As a Young Volunteer, no prior experience or skills are required!

We simply ask that you:

  • Show a keen initiative to learn and get involved
  • Display a friendly and kind attitude

How much time do I need to commit?

We will do our best to work around any commitments you have, like school, part time jobs or hobbies. We offer long-term placements or one-off work experiences; please specify your availability and how many hours you would like to offer in either you’re application form or an email.

What support will I be given?

We are a friendly bunch at Tenovus Cancer Care and you will be supported by our Volunteer Development Team, Shop/Workplace Managers and our wonderful Volunteers.

What benefits can I expect?

  • Gain invaluable experience and skills
  • Boost you’re confidence and meet amazing people in your local community
  • A reference which can be used for your future university or work applications
  • The chance to discover new areas of interest

Where will I be based?

We have lots of Charity shops in Wales and England, please find your local shop here –

For more information

Please contact the Shop Manager in your local shop directly or alternatively please contact our Volunteer Development Team on 02920 768320 for an informal chat or e-mail for an application form should you require one. 


Whether you’re a volunteer, supporter, or staff member, we want everyone to feel welcome at Tenovus Cancer Care. We are committed to greater diversity across our people to make sure we have a breadth of experience, skills and perspective that reflects the communities we serve.

We are working to ensure that Tenovus Cancer Care is a fair and equitable place to volunteer. We strive to ensure everyone is treated fairly, regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), sexual orientation, religion, or belief, or because someone is married or in a civil partnership.

Is it you we're looking for?

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, our free Support Line is there for you. Just call 0808 808 1010