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Charity Shop Assistant – Media shop 

Job description and person specification
Application guide
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Salary Grade: Points 3-6 (£13,251-£13,781) per year pro-rata based on 22.2 hours per week

Hours: 3 days (including weekends)

Contract Type: 1 year fixed

Location: Leigh on Sea



Please send CVs and covering letters to


Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

HARP is Southend-on-Sea’s leading homelessness charity. On average, we help around 1,000 local people every year to overcome or avoid homelessness. In addition to providing essential short-term emergency shelter, food, clothing and washing facilities, we work to identify the root causes of homelessness, creating tailored support for each person’s circumstances. We achieve success by providing structure, purpose and training opportunities, and by providing longer-term supported housing, empowering people to take steps to leave homelessness behind and ultimately to live independently in the community.

As a charitable registered provider of short-term social housing operating in Southend-on-Sea, we believe everyone should have a home of their own. At times individuals may require support from HARP and other agencies to maintain a tenancy and avoid a return to homelessness.

We currently manage over 250 bed spaces in our emergency and short-term accommodation, employ over 100 full and part time staff, and supported by a number of volunteers.


Are you a motivated and passionate individual looking to make a real difference in your local community? Do you have an interest in Music, Books and Media and want to put this to good use helping others less fortunate? If so, we would love you to become a member of our growing Charity Shops team.


The ideal candidate will:


  • Have experience of working in a fast-paced retail environment.

  • Good knowledge of music, books, comics, band merch, collectibles.

  • Be flexible and able to go above and beyond to achieve results, including able to work Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Have empathy and understanding for local people experiencing homelessness.


Closing Date: Wednesday 7th February

Shortlisting: Thursday 8th February

Interviews: Friday 16th February


HARP will provide you with support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career. Our benefits package includes 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays with an extra day of leave awarded after 5 years' service (all pro rata for part time employees).


HARP participate in an auto-enrolment pension scheme through The People’s Pension. Where eligible, you and HARP will each be required to make a contribution to the pension scheme. Employees will also become members of the non-contributory HARP Death In Service scheme. Full details of the schemes can be given on request.


For full details and to apply, please download the job description/person specification and submit your CV and a covering letter stating how you meet the person specification and send to  Please note, if invited for an interview, there will also be a test as part of the interview process. 


For further information about the position or for informal enquiries please contact:

Anna Wallace, Head of Charity Shops on 07736 925 091.


Charity No: 1098126   Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742

HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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