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Charity Shop Team Member - Media Shop

Job description and person specification
Application guide
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Salary Grade: Points 6-9 (£22,968 rising incrementally to £24,194)

Hours: Full Time (37 hours per week)

Contract Type: 1 year fixed

Location: Leigh-On-Sea

Job ref: CSTMMS01



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.

Are you a motivated and passionate individual looking to make a real difference in your local community? Do you have an interest in fashion, furniture or retail, 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:


The ideal candidate will:

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

·         Good knowledge of a broad range of product types, including clothing, household and furniture.

·         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:           Friday 10th November 2023 (Midday)

Short listing Day:   Friday 10th November 2023 (PM)

Interview Day:        TBC


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 submit your CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet each point on the Person Specification to 


For further information about the position or for informal enquiries please contact Millie West on 01702615000


HARP is an active member of the “Homes for Cathy” group of housing associations, which is committed to providing services to tackle homelessness.

Charity No: 1098126

Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742

HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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