Volunteering at BHF

The BHF (British Heart Foundations) is here to Beat Heartbreak Forever. We are working towards a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. By 2030, we want to see advances across the spectrum of heart and circulatory diseases; to prevent these conditions from developing and we want those with existing conditions to have better, longer lives.

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Funding for researchers begins at your local charity shop. Now, more than ever, we are in urgent need of volunteers to enable us to continue our life saving research and help the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases. This wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic volunteers.

In Aberdeen we have brilliant opportunities to help out volunteering at our wonderful BHF stores including:

*Retail Music & Entertainment Volunteers – BHF Store, 31 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BP:

Love music, films or gaming? We’re looking for knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers to help sort, price and display our wide range of donated CDs, DVDs and games. This is a flexible opportunity to share your love of music or film, to get a taster of a career as a retail assistant and help the British Heart Foundation beat heartbreak forever. Full details are available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000QNuUHAA1/retail-music-entertainment-volunteers?distance=10&keywords=BHF&view=widget

* Retail Cashier Sales Assistant Volunteers – BHF Store, 31 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BP or 202 Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS:

Could you be the face of your local British Heart Foundation shop? If you want to gain cashier and sales experience in a friendly environment, this is a great way to get a taste of a career in retail while helping raise live-saving funds. With support around you, you will be processing sales through the till as a cashier, talking to customers and thanking every donor – helping us beat heartbreak forever. Full details are available at:  https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000QNuUMAA1/retail-cashier-sales-assistant-volunteers?distance=10&keywords=BHF&view=widget

*Retail Stock Room Assistant Volunteers – BHF Store, 31 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BP or 202 Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS:

If you’re a keen rummager and like things to be neat and tidy, then we have a role for you – helping in our retail stock room to sort the fantastic donations we receive behind the scenes. If you love a bit of ironing, then master the steamer and watch those wrinkles disappear (it’s surprisingly therapeutic!) or become a tagging extraordinaire, allowing customers to understand what item they are purchasing.

Whether you’re a lover of vintage clothing, films, books, vinyl records or stunning jewellery – or perhaps you just fancy the company of other friendly volunteers away from the shop floor whilst making a difference – our retail stock room role is the place to be behind the scenes. Full details are available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000QNuURAA1/retail-stock-room-assistant-volunteer?distance=10&keywords=BHF&view=widget

*Online Sales Volunteers – BHF Store, 31 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BP:

Do you know your way around online sales websites? Have you got an interest in researching and listing unusual or sought-after items? Or maybe you could help us promote our donated stock via the web to reach more customers online? We require curious people to help us with our online sales and sell a range of donated items on various websites, allowing customers to raise life-saving funds from home.

We’ve got dedicated resources to help and assist you with this unique volunteering role. Research the value of our most exciting donations, photograph them for online auction, or package them up to be sold at our online sales HQ. Full details are available at: https://www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/search-opportunities/#/opportunity/a0g0800000QNuUIAA1/online-sales-volunteers?distance=10&keywords=BHF&view=widget

*You get a lot from volunteering too:

· A chance to work in a friendly team, make new friends & meet a diverse group

· The feel-good factor of helping the British Heart Foundation beat heartbreak forever

· The time to develop your confidence and interpersonal skills

· The ability to gain valuable retail experience to add to your CV and learn new skills

· Flexibility to fit with your lifestyle around your other commitments

· Reasonable travel reimbursed in agreement with the Manager

· 25% volunteer discount on donated goods

(Please note – we are unable to accept volunteers aged under 16 and we cannot accept volunteers with unspent criminal convictions or who are subject to criminal registers/orders).

*COVID precautions:

We are COVID-secure, following current Government guidance. We provide sneeze screens at till-points, hand sanitiser, disinfectant and face coverings. We maintain a strict cleaning schedule and social distancing in our shops/ stores.

*For further details about any of these volunteer roles please contact our Shop Manager, Eleanor at E Mail: A18@bhf.org.uk or tel.: 01224 252769.