Volunteer in our shops

Volunteer in a high street shop or at our donation centre

By volunteering in one of our high street shops or at our donation centre, you’ll be helping to save lives in our region. By giving some of your time, you can learn new skills, make new friends and become more involved in your community.

There’s no such thing as a typical volunteer - whatever your skills and experience, we’d love to hear from you if you are interested in learning more about joining our team in Knaresborough, Northallerton or Tadcaster

Plus, we've recently opened a donation centre in Harrogate and we'd love your help to sort, sell or transport our newly donated stock. We are looking for volunteer drivers, donation centre assistants and online shop assistants to support our retail operations across the county. 

If you have any questions, please do take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below, or feel free to give us a call on 01423 877233 or send us an email to volunteer@ycr.org.uk

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Why volunteer?

  • Be part of a team that is raising valuable funds
  • Put your existing skills to use and learn new ones
  • Play an active role in your local community
  • Meet new people
  • Give your CV a boost
  • It's flexible - you can volunteer at times that suit you

What you could do

  • Provide a warm and friendly welcome to customers
  • Help ensure the shop is kept looking full of goods
  • Sort and categorise donated items
  • Provide great customer service
  • Price up stock
  • Create eye-catching and stylish window displays
  • Photograph and list items for our eBay shop

Don't worry if you've never done anything like this before - full training is provided.

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Other ways to support us

Whether you're looking for other volunteer opportunities, want to take part in a run, walk or cycle, or have your own ideas for supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research, all the information you need to get started can be found here. 

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Any questions?

If you have a question about volunteering in one of our shops, feel free to get in touch with us on 01423 877 233, or drop us an email at volunteer@ycr.org.uk.


Some of the most frequently asked questions have been answered below

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There are many reasons that people donate their time to help out in a Yorkshire Cancer Research shop. Find out why volunteers from our Tadcaster shop keep on coming back. 

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Are there any age restrictions for volunteering?

Yes, volunteers need to be at least 16. 

Unfortunately, our insurance cover means we are unable to have volunteers over the age of 85.


Do I need any experience to become a volunteer? 

No, you don’t need any experience. We provide full training to help ensure you are confident and comfortable in your role. 

If you do have specific skills that you’d like to offer, please let us know and we’ll do our best to provide opportunities appropriate to your skills and interests.

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

There is no minimum commitment, so whether you can do a few of hours a week or once a month, we’d love to hear from you. All we ask is that you give us reasonable notice if you are no longer able to volunteer so we can make alternative arrangements.  

Will I need references? 

Yes, we ask each potential volunteer for the contact details of two referees. We know this can be difficult for some people, so if this will be a problem, please let us know.

Can I volunteer if I am claiming state benefits?

Yes, you can volunteer for as many hours as you like providing you can also meet the conditions of your benefit. For those claiming Universal Credit, volunteering can count to up to half the time you agree to spend looking for and preparing for work as part of your ‘Claimant Commitment’.

I have a criminal record. Does this mean I can’t volunteer?

A criminal conviction doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t volunteer with us. As part of the recruitment process we ask that you disclose any unspent convictions and we will take this into account when considering your suitability for the role. Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 you do not need to disclose any spent convictions.

Some roles require a criminal records check.

Will you do a criminal records check?

Some volunteering roles may require a criminal records check, also known as a DBS check. If this is required for your role, we will let you know in advance. 

I have a disability. Can I volunteer with Yorkshire Cancer Research?

We encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering for Yorkshire Cancer Research to get in touch to see if we can offer you a suitable volunteering opportunity.

Will volunteering cost me anything?

We can reimburse out of pocket expenses that have been agreed in advance where we receive valid receipts. This includes lunch to up the value of £5 if you volunteer for a full day, and reasonable travel expenses to the place of volunteering. e.g. 45p a mile.