Volunteer at Zest

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Love fashion? Classic vinyl? Eco-friendly and vintage finds?

Volunteer with us at our Zest stores in Ipswich or Colchester.

Zest wants to reinvent the traditional charity shop; with our two stores in Ipswich and Colchester, you'll find a collection of stylish clothing from some of your favourite brands and designers alongside trendy homeware, gifts and accessories.

See what Zest in Ipswich is like in store and how you can get involved...

At Zest, we offer a range of fun and different volunteer opportunities – search for treasure from our donations, take photos for Depop, put outfits together and so much more! We also attend lots of events each year from local markets to festivals like Latitude.


Many of our volunteers have never worked in retail before and leave with lots of new knowledge to add to their CVs. There are plenty of new things to learn including how to give good customer service, merchandising tips and tricks and social media management . If you have a particular area that you’re interested in then let us know and we can cater your volunteer experience around that.


We’re lucky to work with a team of like-minded people passionate about sustainable fashion and the local community. Volunteering is proven to help mental and physical health and you’ll meet lots of new people. Many of our volunteers have made friends at the shop and we’ll be organising more social activities for our volunteers this year.


By giving some of your time in to volunteer in one of our shops you’re helping to support young adults with life-limiting conditions using our service at St Elizabeth Hospice. Young adults receive specialist care and access to new opportunities which enables them to meet up, have fun with friends and live life to the full. You will experience a real feeling of achievement and discover the direct impact of your time spent volunteering.


Buying secondhand fashion is one the best ways to be sustainable. We’re trying to change the way people think about charity shops by creating a curated selection of donated clothing and homewares displayed aesthetically. By volunteering, you’ll be helping us to encourage more people to shop secondhand and become more eco-conscious.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us please speak to us in store, email volunteer@wearezest.org.uk or click the links below.

Whether it is just 1 hour a week or a whole day, you can get involved.

"I've made some great friends whilst being here"
"Zest has enabled me to improve my communication skills through talking to people from all walks of life, which will help me with my future career."
"I always start my shift at Zest with a smile and end it with an even bigger smile as it’s so rewarding."
"You don’t need to commit loads of times or have any previous experience in order to volunteer for Zest, as we offer training to all volunteers."
"Through volunteering I gained confidence and learnt new skills"
"Volunteering for Zest has given me real-world job experience"
Zest Shop Ipswich Nikki Hewes Photography

Photos: Nikki Hewes Photography

What's it like volunteering?

Read stories from our volunteers & staff on why they love working with Zest...

Volunteer with the service...

You can also help us at the hospice with Zest. Hear from Zest volunteers who work with young adult patients...

How does volunteering help?

By volunteering with Zest, you are contributing to raising funds to help young adults aged 14 upwards with progressive and incurable illnesses to ensure that they get the specialist care, tailored treatment and services they need to be able to enjoy life to the full.


Zest reinvents the charity shop

Click the link below to discover our stores.

Discover eco-friendly, second-hand fashion, vinyl, gifts and homeware.

Visit us in Ipswich and Colchester.

Have items to donate?


Click the link below to discover what items we accept.


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