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Join our charity shop teams today help to support children in need around the UK. Volunteer with us today. Help to support your community, learn new skills, meet new people and make new friends.

There are a number of ways you can join our team and help to support children around the UK.

Types of opportunities we offer


Volunteer with us from one hour a week to full time working hours. Any amount of time you volunteer with us is hugely appreciated and helps to support our work with children. Retail experience is advantageous but not essential as we provide full training.


Little Lives UK offers placements for graduate and undergraduate students who are looking for practical experience or who are looking for research related experience.

Work experience placement

This could be completed as part of a requirement for your course, or you may be looking to enhance your CV. We can also provide a reference after 50 hours of volunteering with us.

Working holiday placement

Little Lives UK offers working holiday placements for international students who have travelled to the UK to study and would like to get some hands on experience of working in the UK.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Help to complete your D of E with us. We accept volunteers at our charity shops from the age of 14 with parental consent. Learn new skills, support your community, make new friends and gain valuable experience in the retail sector.

What does a shop volunteer do?

As a volunteer in one of our charity shops you will be involved in a wide range of retail related tasks. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience, training and support from our experienced team members and other volunteers is always available.

All we need from you is a positive attitude and the want to help those in your community.

Task you will be helping with:

  • Customer service
  • Shop window dressing
  • Shop keeping
  • Display making
  • Pricing
  • Cash handling (18+ only)
Charity shop raynes park London

What our volunteers say about working with Little Lives UK


It is a very good organisation for anyone who wants to help with issue in their community, especially helping children who are living with disabilities or from difficult upbringings.

– Krystyna, shop volunteer


I first started volunteering with Little Lives UK nearly three years ago in their Tooting shop. I originally started here as my daughter had just finished her GCSEs and she asked me to do some volunteering with her as she didn’t want to do it on her own.
When I found Little Lives UK I was impressed by the work they do for children and the ethos that surrounds the charity.

Currently I am a NHS nurse and love coming to volunteer in the Tooting shop in my spare time as it is a great change of pace and I get to use a different skill set than I usually would at work. I also love the feeling of helping others and in this role I can see that what I do helps children of the community. I can see the donations being delivered from the collection drivers, we get to sell them or re-donate them and then see the end result of a child or children being helped.
– Paula, shop volunteer

Our charity shop’s locations in London

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