Store volunteer

Background Information

The Cedarwood Trust has opportunities for volunteers in its new Subscription Supermarket, called NOURISH. 


NOURISH is not a food bank, nor is it a normal food shop.  It's a 'Food Membership Scheme' where, once you're a member (£1 to join, only one member per household, no other restrictions), for a £4 weekly subscription you can get food / goods that have a value of over £15.  You can only shop once a week, but you don't have to shop every week. 



We are seeking volunteers to help in the shop and the warehouse at Cedarwood Trust.  We will be open 09:30-14:30 Mon-Fri, but you don't have to volunteer every day.  Your duties would rotate between serving in the shop and maintaining stock levels, so your day would be quite varied.  You'll be part of a busy, bustling community centre, and helping out in a new initiative that will bring fair access to food to all.


Main Tasks and Activities

After a quick team meeting, and ensuring everything is ready for the store opening at 10am.  Volunteers would usually  process any membership applications, answer any questions from customers, serve the customers, handle cash, make sure that shelves are kept full, and ensure that the shop is kept, clean safe and tidy. Once the store is closed at 2p.m. then restocking in preparation for the next day takes place.



Training and development and ongoing mentoring and support, ensures that you are fully prepared for the role.  You’ll get the chance to learn customer service skills, logistics, and be part of a team. 


About The Cedarwood Trust

The Cedarwood Trust is a community development charity working on the Meadow Well Estate of North Tyneside a community full of untapped energy and creativity which is hampered by the levels of poverty and income deprivation it experiences. We believe that the community have the resources themselves to make a lasting difference and we work to raise confidences and aspirations in order to change lives.

Much of our work is focused upon those experiencing the highest levels of poverty including over 60’s and young families.

The Meadow Well Estate is often seen, from the outside, in negative terms, particularly relating to income deprivation and poverty – these are major challenges for us all at the Cedarwood Trust but we aim to also celebrate all that is good within the Meadow Well Estate.

We work together to make our cause known, to reach out to other groups who share our vision. Whether you’re ready to lend a hand at one of our activities or have photos or articles to share about a recent event, here’s the place to do it.

The Cedarwood Trust is a company limited by guarantee and its governing document is its memorandum and articles of association.

Legal Status:
The company is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered number 4855747 (England and Wales). It is a registered charity, the number being 1100530.

What skills do I need?

This role requires

  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Ability to operate independently, and as part of a small team
  • Ability to follow instruction without supervision
  • The role will require lifting, so we are seeking volunteers who are reasonably fit and can lift and carry a crate that weighs 20kg for a short distance. 


The most important quality for this role is enthusiasm and willingness to provide a great service to our customers.  

Posted for
The Cedarwood Trust

Register your Interest

Quick Enquiry


  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Families and Parenting
  • Health and Social Care
  • Older People


  • General Helping
  • Practical Skills
  • Retail
  • Supporting Charities


  • Age restrictions
    18 plus

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 27/09/2021

End Date: 27/09/2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

We are need to be able to cover our opening times through the week, volunteers do not need to be available to cover every day.


The Cedarwood Trust
Avon Avenue
North Shields
NE29 7QT