Volunteer in our shops

By volunteering in one of our high street shops or at our donation centre, you’ll be helping to fund research that saves lives right here in Yorkshire.

Make a difference by just being you

Our shops in RiponKnaresborough, NorthallertonTadcaster, Pickering and Harrogate (opening soon) are an important source of income for the charity as we find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Our network of shops is growing and volunteers like you fund pioneering research through retail activities. We also have a Donation Centre in Harrogate where you could be sorting donations, and helping sell goods online. 

Whether it’s working front of house welcoming and serving customers, maintaining and updating our online shop, or organising and transporting stock behind the scenes, there are plenty of ways you can get involved.


Why volunteer?

A worthwhile cause – you'll be helping to fund research that saves lives.

Develop skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.

Receive full training and gain valuable experience which can enhance your CV.

It's flexible - volunteer at times that suit you.

Play an active role in your local community and be part of a supportive and friendly team.

It’s fun! We’re confident you’ll gain real satisfaction from doing something valuable with your free time.


What you could do

Volunteer Retail Assistant – play an essential role in the smooth running of our shops, from providing a warm and friendly welcome to customers and donors to organising and re-stocking displays.

Volunteer Donations Assistant – the majority of our shops don’t have a lot of space to store donated stock, so our donation centre in Harrogate and warehouse in Ripon are crucial. You will be involved with unpacking deliveries, sorting and categorising donated items, and preparing donations for sale.

Volunteer Warehouse Assistant – if you are looking for a role 'behind the scenes', we have opportunities available at our donation centre in Harrogate and warehouse in Ripon. You will sort and categorise donated items, keeping things organised and preparing donations for sale.

Volunteer eCommerce Assistant – ideal for someone looking to gain experience in marketing, customer service or retail, you will support with listing items on the charity’s online shop, taking engaging photos of items, and responding to customer enquiries.

Volunteer Van Driver – assist with the collection and distribution of stock between our donation centre, shops, and households in the local area.

Volunteer Driver (own vehicle) – assist with the collection and distribution of stock between our donation centre, shops, and households in the local area. Must have access to your own vehicle.

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


Hear from our volunteers

All our volunteers play an essential role in making sure our shops run smoothly and raise vital funds to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer in Yorkshire.


Meet some of the volunteers helping in our Donation Centre and Knaresborough shop.

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 here.


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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