Volunteer for Headway

Volunteers are vital to the work of Headway. There are many ways in which you can help us with your time and effort. Below are just a few examples.

Support our fundraising events

Cheer point volunteers needed

Do you have a few hours to give back to support Headway – the brain injury association?  We're on the lookout for spirited volunteers, ready to devote some time to make a real difference.

This year, seize the opportunity to be part of extraordinary events across the country - The TCS London Marathon and The AJ Bell Great North Run. We need your energy and vitality to invigorate our cheering points!

Mark your calendars for:

London Marathon – Sunday 21st April 2024

(approx. timings 0930-1500)

Great North Run, Newcastle upon Tyne – Sunday 8th September 2024

(approx. timings 09:30-1400 cheering point or 1030-1630 charity village)

Why we need you 

Our runners get a great motivational lift when they pass a #TeamHeadway cheering squad! We need you to inspire and fire up our team of runners with your contagious enthusiasm, helping them conquer the half marathon/marathon course. The louder, the better! As a reward, you'll be filled with a sense of achievement, knowing your efforts directly contribute to raising vital funds for those suffering from brain injuries.

You'll acquire new skills, forge new relationships, and even earn a Headway t-shirt! It's an empowering way to break free from your usual routine and enhance your self-confidence.

Does your employer appreciate charity volunteering? Maybe you can use your volunteering day to support Headway?

Why not make it a family affair and create unforgettable memories while supporting a noble cause? Join us and play a pivotal role in this thrilling journey!

If it’s for you, please email events@headway.org.uk

Local Groups and Branches

Those working in local Groups and Branches throughout the UK may need your help.

It could be a few hours a week giving administrative help, time spent on a telephone information line, helping with activities for those with brain injury, posting leaflets in your area, or organising outings and events. Help may be needed with activities such as art and crafts, hobbies, and computer skills. The possibilities are endless!

Please contact your local Headway Group or Branch directly, and they will let you know how you can help.

Headway UK Offices

If you are local to our Headway UK offices in Nottingham or London, help is often required with administrative duties. This could be inputting data, envelope stuffing, photocopying and filing. Special projects may arise which would benefit from professional help.

Students find Headway an ideal charity to work with on a project, either as part of their studies or for valuable work experience. Retired business men and women can gain satisfaction from knowing that by giving only a few hours a week, they can significantly help a worthwhile cause whilst keeping their skills sharp.

If you would like to help in any way, please contact us.

Charity shops

As a Volunteer Shop Assistant you get the chance to try a variety of tasks from serving customers to sorting stock and dressing windows. You choose what hours and what days you want to work and you'll get plenty of training and support as well as working in a team of great people.

Apply now

Why we need you

If we were to replace our volunteers with paid staff it would cost us thousands of pounds - taking away all our profits made in the shops from the charity. The profits we do make, with your help - go to supporting people affected by the trauma of brain injury.

What will you be doing?

Headway charity shop volunteer Diane Noland, standing in front of a rail of clothes and the shop's Christmas tree

"As soon as I came in to Headway, I was made so welcome. The shop is evident of professionalism and structure, the team at the shop are great, you cannot keep me away!"

- Diane Noland, Headway Retail Volunteer

  • Working as a team to help maximise sales for our charity
  • Talking to customers & making them feel welcome to browse around our shop
  • Advising & helping customers to buy!
  • Operating the till (it's simple to use & training will be given)
  • Sorting & preparing stock donations ready for the shop floor
  • Asking people to donate their unwanted items for our shop to sell

What skills do you need?

  • Willingness to work as a team and have some fun!
  • Trustworthy, polite, helpful and friendly
  • A warm smile!
  • We also need people with additional skills such as:
  • Creative skills - to help with displays & window dressing
  • D.I.Y skills - to help with shop maintenance, putting up shelves etc.
  • Basic numeracy - to help with the till

How much time will you need to commit?

It's up to you! We are flexible to work around your other commitments. Any time you can give will help us.

Ideally we would like you to help on a set shift(s) each week - this way our Manager can plan the team so that we haven't got 5 volunteers on one day and none the next!

Many of our volunteers help out for one or two 3-hour shifts a week (either morning or afternoon to suit you).

What support will you be given?

  • Your Manager will give you an induction and follow up training until you feel confident
  • You will never be alone and there will always be someone to ask for help if you need it
  • You can always speak to your Manager or call the Retail Development Manager for your region for advice and support

What are the benefits for you?

Jayne Copeman, Headway charity shop volunteer, stands smiling in front of a rail of clothes.

"I volunteer as it’s a purpose of worth. I’ve found companionship and friends. It encourages my mobility to get out my home."

- Jayne Copeman, Headway Retail Volunteer

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping to raise vital funds to support people affected by brain injury
  • Learning new skills and gaining retail experience (it's great to put on your CV)
  • It's something different to get you out of the house and to build your confidence
  • The enjoyment of meeting new people (customers and staff) and being part of a team

Where will you work?

Headway currently has over 30 charity shops where you can volunteer. Find a shop near you

How do you apply?

Simply chat to the Manager in your local shop, click the button below to apply online, or download an application form in the related links section.

Apply now