Van Driver - Furniture Shop Team (sessional)

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Salary: Salary grade point 3 (£9.62 per hour)

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Contract type: Permanent.

Hours: Casual Contract (flexible hours)

Job ref: VAN - please quote on your application




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

HARP is a growing Southend-on-Sea based charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff and volunteers work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to over 1,000 lives every year.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Van Driver at our Furniture Shop. You will be responsible for assisting the Charity Shops Area Manager, Charity Shops Manager and existing Van Team with daily operations, supporting the delivery of sales and profit targets for the shop by collecting and delivering goods. You will have the enthusiasm, energy and 'can do' approach that will ensure you meet the challenges and expectations of warehouse operations, to collect, load and deliver stock to and from customers across a wide range of furniture product in a given geographical area, supporting the delivery and improvement of sales and profit targets for the furniture shop.


This is a sessional position on a Casual Worker Contract with flexible hours. Hours will be arranged on a weekly basis.


Main purpose of the job:

  1. Collecting and delivering goods, both from donors’ homes and between our current network of five Charity Shops.

  2. Ensuring safe working practices are observed when lifting and carrying heavy items.

  3. Liaising with donors and customers regarding collections and deliveries, providing an excellent quality of service to help ensure repeat custom, and completing paperwork as required.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience of driving a medium-sized van (Luton or equivalent) and hitting collection and delivery deadlines.

  • Have a full clean driving license permitting the driving of Category B vehicles.

  • Have the ability to communicate across a range of channels, including face to face, telephone and email, and an ability to accurately relay information between colleagues and management.

  • Be flexible and able to go above and beyond to achieve results, including the ability to work weekends.

  • Have empathy and understanding for homeless people.


For full details please download the job description above.

For further information and an informal chat about the position please contact Tracy Dulwich, Charity Shops Manager on 07817 205 902.

HARP will provide you with excellent support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career. Our starting benefits package includes 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), plus Bank Holidays, a contributory pension scheme and the opportunity to work with colleagues that strive to transform lives.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as needed.

To apply, please download and complete the application form above. Your completed application should then be posted or emailed to Clive Franceschi ( at HARP Head Office, Dencora Court – 4th Floor, Tylers Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2BB (mark envelope as "Strictly private and confidential").

Please quote Ref: VAN

If you have any problems with the application process, please contact Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000.

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

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