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    • Got2Save
    • By Got2Save 7th Dec 17, 3:38 PM
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    Do charity shops mind if you find work shortly after starting work with them?
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    • 7th Dec 17, 3:38 PM
    Do charity shops mind if you find work shortly after starting work with them? 7th Dec 17 at 3:38 PM
    If someone started volunteering for a charity shop, but then shortly after found employment, do the charity shop management look poorly at that? Has anybody here been in this situation and how was it?
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 7th Dec 17, 3:41 PM
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    If someone started volunteering for a charity shop, but then shortly after found employment, do the charity shop management look poorly at that? Has anybody here been in this situation and how was it?
    Originally posted by Got2Save
    It depends on a whole range of other aspects.


    Ultimately does it matter?
    • Stylehutz
    • By Stylehutz 7th Dec 17, 4:57 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 4:57 PM
    Wouldn't of thought so.
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 7th Dec 17, 5:40 PM
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    If a charity shops looks poorly on somebody gaining paid employment, they aren't being very charitable are they?
    • keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    • By keepcalmandstayoutofdebt 7th Dec 17, 6:42 PM
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    Why not ask them outright - if doing it for a reference you are best trying to get hold of their policy anyway, nowadays, I'm afraid.

    Reference giving isn't a statutory duty.

    I recently started a month long temporary job which gave out brand new uniform/safety boots whether they are inconvenienced or not.

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    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 7th Dec 17, 6:52 PM
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    Until recently I was a volunteer manager, recruiting and managing volunteers. Not only was it hard to find volunteers to begin with, it was hard to keep them. Unless it was a retired person, they usually left for paid work. Its expected. It was sad to lose a good volunteer but I felt happy for them.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 8th Dec 17, 10:43 AM
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    • 8th Dec 17, 10:43 AM
    Surely if a charity shop takes on an unemployed volunteer, they should be expecting them to be looking elsewhere for paid employment?
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 10th Dec 17, 1:56 AM
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    People have all sorts of reasons for volunteering, and charities know this.

    Some charities will spell out the minimum commitment they're looking for - we ask for one shift a month (it's not retail), for at least a year, because there's some initial training we provide and it takes time for you to be really useful.

    Having said that, our volunteers are ... volunteers! So we completely understand if 'life' gets in the way, or you find our work is not for you, or you do get a job. We just ask you to think before you volunteer about what you can commit to - and if you're planning to go round the world in six months time, and you told us that, we'd respectfully suggest that now is not the time to start volunteering with us.

    So yes, ask what commitment they're asking for. If they're vague, explain your situation. But remember, you are a volunteer. :-)
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    • By steampowered 10th Dec 17, 1:52 PM
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    I think you just need to be honest with people. If you tell them that you are happy to volunteer but may find it difficult once you find work, that's perfectly fine.
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 10th Dec 17, 7:20 PM
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    ...and if you could find it in your heart to do something like a shift a month (on a Saturday or Sunday maybe?) I'm sure they would be delighted. AND it would help the charity........
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