Social Enterprises

Everyone has something to give and we are passionate about creating innovative opportunities for all.

Phased re-opening of shops

Following the government’s announcement that non-essential shops can open from Monday 15th June, we have assessed each retail site to plan for a phased re-opening.

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Volunteer preparing furniture for sale in one of our furniture shops

Social enterprise is broadly defined as a company that is working through trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. Money is made from selling goods and services in the open market, and profits are invested back into the business or the local community. When a social enterprise profits, then so does society!

At the Trussell Trust, we run a range of social enterprise projects. Supported by a small staff team, the projects rely on volunteers to operate. Many of the volunteers are on a journey back into work, gaining valuable experience and building confidence. We also offer opportunities for supported volunteers to be part of our teams.

Profits are reinvested into the projects themselves or into working towards our mission of ending hunger and poverty in the UK.

Our social enterprise projects currently include:

  • 10 community shops, two of which are dedicated furniture shops across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire
  • Online stores: Ebay

Pat – A Trussell Trust Social Enterprise volunteer

Pat joined as a volunteer with the Trussell Trust Catherine Street shop team in October 2017.

Prior to this Pat had recently lost her husband who she had been with for 58 years. At a time when Pat needed a real purpose again in her life she set out on a mission to find something to do where she could make a difference.

Pat heard about the volunteer opportunities at TT and ……the rest is history!

Today Pat supports the team by manning the till, overseeing donations, helping with displays and provides excellent customer service. Customers of all ages love to chat to her and she meets such a variety of people and they cover a wealth of interesting topics and conversations. Pat’s knowledge of Salisbury also comes in useful with all the tourists that come into the shop.

Her confidence and competence within her volunteering role has grown enormously making her a great ambassador for new volunteers as well as a big asset to the team.

Pat’s friendly and happy demeanour makes her a total joy to work alongside. The support she gives to the manager and sales assistants is second to none. You sense a real appreciation and care for this lady when you hear “Pat’s in today!” and her reliability and communication is second to none. Pat told me how much she looks forward to coming in on a Tuesday and Thursday and spending time and having a laugh with the manager, shop assistants and customers. She says it keeps her active, gives her purpose and “I don’t know what I’d do without it”.

At the Trussell Trust we highly value our volunteers and having people like Pat working alongside you makes our jobs even more fulfilling and pleasurable.