Retail Shop Assistant (6-month contract)

Salary: Kick Start Scheme – Minimum wage depending on age

Hours of Work: 25 hours per week: Between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday.  Flexibility is essential in order to support requirements of the role.

Annual Leave: Entitlement on commencement would be 29 days plus bank holidays (pro rata)

Location: Three positions available, 1 position in each of the following locations: Ebbw Vale Shop, Merthyr Shop and Abertillery/Brynmawr shop.

Hospice of the Valleys is the specialist provider of palliative care services in Blaenau Gwent.  Our specialist teams provided support to over 525 patients last year; in their own homes, in our Day Centre, at Outpatient appointments or in hospital. We provide nursing support, respite care, social work and bereavement support, physiotherapy, complementary therapies and welfare rights support to people with life-limiting illnesses across Blaenau Gwent.

As part of the Kick Start Scheme we are looking for someone who has an interest and some experience in charity retail or general retail. Working in one of our charity shops (listed above) you will become an integral part of the retail team, supporting the day-to-day running of the shop, to ensure the daily targets for income, Gift Aid, new goods and recycling are achieved.

We are looking for someone who is ambitious and self-motivated to join our team, the right candidate will develop skills working within the retail environment, preparing and merchandising donated stock, customer services and selling stock online, via various platforms such as eBay and Depop.

We are looking for someone who is personable and has good communications skills and enjoys working in a busy and customer focused environment.

The post holder would also develop skills and experience in cash handing, analysing stock reports and how to claim gift aid on donated stock.

This is great opportunity for someone who has a keen interest in sustainable fashion and social media and can utilise these skills to create and edit videos used for promotional purposes across all channels including Instagram and TikTok, to promote items that are for sale in the shops.

To apply for the role you must be between the ages of 16-24 and be claiming universal credits.  Applications must be made via your Job Coach.

Job description available HERE

For further information about the role and to check your eligibility to apply, please contact Shaun Baker, Retail Operations Manager on 01495 717277 or email

Closing date: Tuesday 4th Jan 2022




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