All year round, Stripey Stork gather donations of new and pre-loved items of clothing and equipment for vulnerable families. The local community donates the items and our core team of volunteers then safety checks and sorts them, so they are readily available to be distributed to families in need.
We often need additional help with these tasks and that’s where a hardworking team of volunteers comes in! You can make a huge difference to our ability to respond quickly and cost-effectively to the needs of the families we support.
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Our corporate volunteer days are designed to be rewarding and fun, with tasks for everyone. You’ll get an immense sense of achievement from taking part.
Past participants tell us that our warehouse days are a strong team bonding experience, as well as a chance for team members to demonstrate leadership and improve organisational, communication and problem-solving skills. Read our guest blog by a volunteer from Fidelity who felt inspired to tell all about her day at Stripey Stork – The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Tasks vary from team to team and depend on the outstanding work which needs doing on the day.
Example challenges might include sorting clothes by age/gender, or making up clothing packs or new baby packs. You may get to be a kid for the day and test toys/puzzles, or ensure that a donated pram meets safety standards.
Your team will be given responsibility for managing how they approach and complete the tasks.
Some groups like to split into teams and see who achieves the most.
You’ll be up on your feet but there are tasks for everyone. We’ll ask you to read and sign our manual handling guidance (See PDF here) before arriving, and you can let us know on arrival if you think they’ll be any issues.
Our premises are located on the ground floor, with no necessary stairs to manage.
Unlike other charities, there is no charge for a team to take part in our volunteer days.
However, most participating companies choose to donate products such as nappies or wipes as part of a team collection with a value of £10 per person. Or you could make an online donation.
Another way to help would be to purchase our “Proud Couture” greeting cards, available from our offices at £10 for a pack of 5.
At the Stripey Stork office.
51a Albert Road North
We have ample parking available using our designated parking spaces.
Between 6 and 10 people works best. Other group sizes by arrangement.
Standard team sessions are from 9:30am – 2pm. Other times by arrangement.
Volunteering with us is a good chance to escape the office, and as such you’ll be on your feet for much of the time, so make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Layering your clothes is a good idea as temperature will depend on time of year and what task you are allocated.
We’ll provide a Stripey Stork apron so you are part of the team!
We’re well stocked with tea and coffee and you can help yourself throughout the day. We can advise you of which local delis deliver platters, if you’d like to organise lunch in advance.