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 first started volunteering 3 years ago, she was struggling to find work that she could balance with childcare. After completing the Retail NVQ course we offer, she's now been employed as Deputy Shop Manager at our City Road shop.

"Volunteering has helped me gain the skills to start an apprenticeship."

17-year-old Tom has been volunteering at our Firth Park shop for several years. In that time he's honed his customer service skills, gained some impressive retail knowledge, and developed the knowledge and skills to start an apprenticeship at Cineworld.

"Volunteering has helped me to get to know so many people I wouldn't normally meet."

14-year-old Sonny originally started volunteering at our Ecclesall Road shop as a way to add some work experience for his CV. Now he's made friends of all different ages and loves catching up with the shop regulars!

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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