Sharon and Fran

Your Stories

Meet our retail heroes

If you're looking to boost your CV, make friends or simply get more involved with your community, volunteering at our charity shops can help you do just that!

We met up with some of our volunteers from different shop around Sheffield to chat to them about their reasons for supporting us. Watch their stories below to find out the impact that volunteering has made on their lives.

Feeling inspired? To join the team, apply here.


"I completed my Retail NVQ whilst volunteering at St Luke's. Now I'm a Deputy Shop Manager!"

When Latifa started volunteering, she was struggling to find work that she could balance with childcare. After completing the Retail NVQ course we offer, she is now employed as Deputy Shop Manager at our City Road shop.

"Volunteering for St Luke's helped me gain the skills to start my apprenticeship."

Tom, age 17, has been volunteering with St Luke's for over three years. He's now started an apprenticeship at Cineworld, where he's studying supervisory skills.

"Volunteering helps with applications and apprenticeships and makes you stand out"

Meet Abdul, Aemen and Liam from our Firth Park shop, three volunteers who are balancing volunteering with their studies. They shared how volunteering is helping them to get started in their careers.

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Abdul, Aemen and Liam

Working with our patients and clients

We have a number of volunteer roles that involve working directly with our service users, whether those are St Luke's patients and their families or Clifford House clients. These volunteers come from all walks of life and are often interested in developing a career in healthcare, or continuing their interest post-retirement.

Read some of their stories to find out more about their reasons for supporting St Luke's and the training and development we offer to these volunteers.

See our current volunteer vacancies here.

"To make someone smile or improve their day is what I believe volunteering should be about."

Richard volunteers in our IT Support & Tech Café at Clifford House, helping our clients get to grips with technology. Here's the story of how he helped Joanne set up her own blog so she can share moments of happiness. Read more

"Training enables you as a volunteer to develop and broaden your role."

Sharon and Fran have spent a lifetime in caring professions and after retiring they were determined to carry on that aspect of their life. They recently completed a Complementary Therapies Diploma, which has allowed them to offer massages and other therapies to our patients on their visits. Read more.
Sharon and Fran

In Touch Newsletter

In Touch newsletter

Our regular newsletter is full of stories bound to put a smile on your face, including stories from our volunteers. It also helps to keep you up to date with organisational news from St Luke's, as well as upcoming events and training opportunities.

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