Volunteers

Furnistore is powered by our enthusiastic and passionate volunteers, and we are always looking for keen people to join us.

There are volunteering opportunities to suit all, whether you are looking for work experience or to strengthen your CV, you may be wanting to meet new like-minded people, or you just have plenty of spare time, your time and talents are invaluable to us.

From retirees looking to give something back to the community to young people hoping to gain valuable work experience, our volunteers have a variety of experience and backgrounds. We also offer people with a diverse range of physical, learning, and mental health issues the opportunity to volunteer and be part of our team. We have helped our volunteers to sharpen old skills or learn new ones, gaining confidence and experience and many have moved on to full time employment, professional training, or education. Many also just enjoy the chance to ‘give back’.

If you think you or someone you know could benefit from volunteering and you would like to contribute to a charitable organisation like Furnistore, please do not hesitate to contact our volunteer co-ordinator on 01737 773133

What our volunteers say

“I have been volunteering for Furnistore for over 10 years. I wanted a change from caring, having nursed for 40 years, but actually Furnistore is a very caring charity in a different way. I love helping the general public and I love my colleagues. Furnistore does such good work in this community and I am very proud to be a part of it.” – Mary

“I love to get out and about and being part of a team. Furnistore is great at what they do and they help lots of people.” – Ian

“4.5 years ago I went into Furnistore for a bed and I am still there! Not sure how, but I found myself volunteering to help with admin. I love that you never know who or what you will encounter. Our friendly team helps so many local people in so many different ways and I am proud to play a small part in this.” – Kitty

“Volunteering at Furnistore has been a great experience for me. I can’t think of a better way to stay active in my retirement.” – John

“I have been volunteering for Furnistore for over 10 years. I wanted a change from caring, having nursed for 40 years, but actually Furnistore is a very caring charity in a different way. I love helping the general public and I love my colleagues. Furnistore does such good work in this community and I am very proud to be a part of it.” – Mary

“4.5 years ago I went into Furnistore for a bed and I am still there! Not sure how, but I found myself volunteering to help with admin. I love that you never know who or what you will encounter. Our friendly team helps so many local people in so many different ways and I am proud to play a small part in this.” – Kitty

“I love to get out and about and being part of a team. Furnistore is great at what they do and they help lots of people.” – Ian

“Volunteering at Furnistore has been a great experience for me. I can’t think of a better way to stay active in my retirement.” – John

Men In Sheds

Men In Sheds has been based in the Furnistore warehouse for the last 6 years, helping to restore selected furniture items that would otherwise have to be discarded.

Men In Sheds is a club for mainly retired men, from a variety of different backgrounds, who get together to pursue practical hobbies and interests, often working on projects which will benefit the community. These projects are usually related to woodworking and where possible we use recycled wood and tools. No previous experience is necessary as all knowledge and skills are freely shared between us.

Members say that being part of Men In Sheds gives them a sense of achievement and purpose, keeping them active both in mind and body. One of the most valued aspects of Men In Sheds is the opportunity to socialise and make new friendships.

In 2019 Men In Sheds won a borough award for our work with local community projects such as Furnistore.