The unwanted Christmas jumpers, the CDs no longer on-trend, the shoes you never actually wore – you don’t want them, we love them. Bring your donations to your local vpi-aid shop as we can always make use of the items you don’t think have life anymore. We can accept:
- Good quality clothing
- Linens (including curtains and fabrics)
- Books, CDs and DVDs
Please do ensure that donations are in good condition and that they are handed to our staff or volunteers during opening hours (items left outside the shop can be damaged or stolen).
What we can accept at our larger shops and donation centres
Whilst our charity shops make use of and resell most donations, there are certain items that some shops cannot accept, from:
- Electrical items
- Small furniture
- Large furniture
However, we are expanding our range of specialist charity shops that are able to accept and sell these specialist items. We have two specialist charity furniture shops in the UK – on Wellington Street in Luton and on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow as well as over 20 donation centres. These stores accept and sell all types of furniture, and often a number of upcycled items, and will provide free collection services. We are opening new donation centres all the time,.
Your donations help us tackle a range of social injustices from poverty, modern slavery to homelessness.
Our shops are constantly changing each day whether with new designer stock through to familiar or new faces. Volunteers play a pivotal role in helping our charity shops run, and the time and experience you can bring is invaluable. The types of tasks you could be involved in are:
- Greeting customers
- Sorting and processing new donations
- Operating the till
- Providing advice
Volunteering not only allows you to be part of a cause for changing lives, but can help change yours too. Through volunteering you will also develop new skills and experiences, from:
- Working as part of a team
- Developing customer service and communication skills
- Building confidence
- Enhancing your CV and gaining experience in all areas of charity retail operations
- Improving mental health and well-being
- Being part of a community
We don’t think anything should ever be left buried and forgotten at the back of wardrobes or garages, or even worse, thrown in the bin and sent to landfill. There is so much value in your unwanted clothes or household items, and we offer a range of ways for you to donate them whether via our charity shops, door-to-door collection services or donation bank. Thanks to you we collect, reuse and recycle and sell more than 50 million items a year that directly goes to our work helping others at the heart of communities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.