British Heart Foundation - 31 Union Street

Charity registered in Scotland SC039426

We fight for every heartbeat.
Coronary heart disease is the countrys single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it.

Volunteering Changes Lives

BHF Retail are now recruiting volunteers for flexible opportunities for our shops s raising funds for valuable research through our retail shops and stores.
There are lots of benefits to volunteering, such as developing your existing skills, gaining new skills and supporting a cause you care about. Whatever your reason for joining, you can expect to have lots of fun and meet some great people.

However you choose to volunteer your time helps us to save lives. Our volunteers help our fight for every heartbeat and make a big difference in their local communities. As one of our volunteers you will receive a full induction and further training in specific roles.
Your support powers our research. Every pound raised and every minute of your time will help make a massive difference to people's lives. Join the fight for every heartbeat.


Current opportunities

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. *Say hello to the team: 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. Our team is welcoming and friendly, and we love meeting people from all walks of life. *Typical tasks include: · Photographing items for listing on various online selling sites · Researching donated items, to gather as much information on unusual items before listing them online – investigative work required! · Getting involved in uploading as much practical information about goods for sale · Packing and posting items to be sent to our online sales HQ / delivered to customers · Helping the Manager to handle online queries from customers *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 · Gain valuable online selling 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). *Here's a little bit more about us: The BHF 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. *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 please contact our Shop Manager, Eleanor at E Mail: A18@bhf.org.uk or tel.: 01224 252769.

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. *Say hello to the team: 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. Our team is welcoming and friendly, and we love meeting people from all walks of life. *Typical tasks include: • Engaging with customers and serving them in a helpful and friendly way • Communicating with fellow volunteers about what has sold and needs re-stocking • Honing your retail and cashier skills behind the till and taking payments • Helping with administration and reception duties around the till area • Promoting Gift Aid and sales campaigns, and chatting to customers • Acting as an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation *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 to beat heartbreak forever • Develop your confidence and interpersonal skills • 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% discount on donated goods for volunteers (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.) *Here's a little bit more about us: The BHF 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. *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 please contact our Shop Manager, Eleanor at E Mail: A18@bhf.org.uk or tel.: 01224 252769.

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. *Say hello to the team: 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. Our team is welcoming and friendly, and we love meeting people from all walks of life. *Typical tasks include: · Sorting out donated items and preparing them for sale · Using a clothes steamer and tagging price labels on to clothing items · Identifying unsaleable donations for recycling · Keeping the sort room organised and tidy · Looking after a certain department based on your interests alongside paid staff · Acting as an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation *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). *Here's a little bit more about us: The BHF 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. *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 please contact our Shop Manager, Eleanor at E Mail: A18@bhf.org.uk or tel.: 01224 252769.

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. *Say hello to the team: 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. Our team is welcoming and friendly, and we love meeting people from all walks of life. *Typical tasks include: · Sharing your love of music and film whilst serving on the shop floor · Keeping our music and entertainment department fully stocked and organised behind the scenes in our stock room and on the shop floor · Sorting out donations of CDs, DVDs and games and checking discs for scratches, recycling those that are damaged · Following our guidelines to value and price donated CDs, DVDs and games *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.) *Here's a little bit more about us: The BHF 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. *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 please contact our Shop Manager, Eleanor at E Mail: A18@bhf.org.uk or tel.: 01224 252769.