Volunteer Christmas Card Retail Assistant at Loughton Library

It may feel early to start thinking about Christmas, but here is a wonderful opportunity to join Cards for Good Causes, selling charity Christmas cards in community locations such as churches, schools, libraries and town halls.

In the past five years, charities have received more than £20 million from Cards for Good Causes - representing at least 70p in every pound out of which charities had to pay for the production and distribution of their Christmas cards and any VAT.

To take part in this time-limited opportunity, we'll need voluntary support to help run the Cards for Good Causes shops around the country.

The minimum commitment is a 3 hour shift, once a week ( we are flexible on this at Loughton Library Pop up Shop, for 6 to 8 weeks.

The role will involve

- re-stocking cards

- maintaining stock records

- using the till and accepting payment by cash, cheque and credit card where applicable (training provided).

Most shops divide the day into two 'sessions', mornings (10.00am - 1.00pm) or afternoons (1.00pm - 4.00pm). The majority of shops where volunteers are required close one week before Christmas, so we may not be looking for you to help out in the final run-up to Christmas.


After our very successful pop up shop in Loughton Library last few years we are running it again this year from the 23rd October -17th December. 

This could be a great opportunity to get a taster of the retail sector, develop your customer service skills and meet volunteers from other charities; and help over 25 charities to raise much needed funds.

We will train you in our procedures, particularly in the operation of our electronic tills. Where necessary we will show you how to re-stock the cards and keep all the goods tidy and how to do the small amount of paperwork required to check stock received in the shop. In most of our shops we will also provide you with tea and coffee making facilities and access to toilets! As we regard the health and safety of all our employees and volunteers as important we will also ensure you have access to local health and safety regulations.

Your local manager will be your point of contact and they will be able to advise you about other important information, such as whether the shop is up any steps, and whether the shop is likely to be very warm to work in, or on the colder side. They will also make suggestions for the safety of your personal belongings, as whilst we do have Public Liability Insurance, this does not cover the loss of personal possessions of the manager or the volunteers.


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 22/10/2017

End Date: 17/12/2018

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Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Evening No No No No No No No


Loughton Library
Traps Hill
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