School Aid community
Volunteering is at the heart of who we are. The individuals who are prepared to give their time to School Aid are very special to us – an astonishing number of them have been helping us out for many years.
Support like this makes a very big difference not just for the work they do, but also for the skills they bring. We value everything, and we are proud to give back to the community.
The secret of School Aid’s success lies in the hard work of its small army of volunteers. If you have some spare time and are looking to be involved with a fun and friendly team of dedicated volunteers, then come and join us. Coffee and biscuits provided!
School Aid is located in Hedgerley Green, near Beaconsfield in south Buckinghamshire. We have a range of roles based at our head office, but we are also interested in developing new sites for collection in other areas of the country, and new contacts with schools in the UK.
New volunteers are trained by one of our experienced volunteers, or by joining a small group. We are always looking for:
- Packers/Sorters (Hedgerley; flexible days/hours: Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm) To help in a team of other volunteers sorting and packing donations ready for schools in Africa.
- Warehouse volunteers (Hedgerley; flexible days/hours: Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm) To help our warehouse manager.
- Drivers (flexible days/hours) To drive our van to collect educational resources from schools and other establishments in Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas.
- Computer-literate administrators (Hedgerley; flexible days/hours: Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm)
- Fundraisers (flexible days/hours) To join our community fundraising team, helping to organise local events throughout the year. Recent events include The School Run and our annual Film Night.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Volunteering is often an activity taken on by the more mature – usually because retirees and parents whose children have left home have a little more time to give. That’s why we’re always delighted to welcome younger DofE volunteers on the lookout for ways of helping their community and making a difference to others.
We can accommodate DofE participants of all levels throughout the year, and we offer a friendly social environment in which to do it. If you know of anybody who is looking for a volunteering opportunity, please call the office on 01753 883 853.
Summer placements, work experience and internships
School Aid is an excellent place to gain work experience, whether you’re looking for a busy office environment or you want to learn about the challenges and logistics associated with charitable work in Africa. From learning how to efficiently pack boxes in the warehouse; managing volunteers; organising shipments that comply with their country-specific regulations; organising fund raising events; through to the crucial work of keeping our monitoring and evaluation statistics up-to-date, every day is different and our most recent intern is now working with us full time.
For more information please call our offices on 01753 883 853.
One of our most valuable and committed sponsors is The Entertainer toy shop. Their generosity in allowing us to make use of their huge transport network gives our supporters a stress-free means of donating.
However, even they cannot accommodate all our needs, so we are lucky enough to have a dedicated van that continuously drives up and down the country picking up donations and returning them to our warehouse.
To keep this service going we are always on the look-out for volunteer van drivers within our local Buckinghamshire vicinity, and also drivers prepared to use their own vehicles to pick up and deliver donations.
Being a School Aid volunteer driver makes you part of a friendly team and it’s a great way to meet new people, and to keep active. If you’re interest in giving a little of your time, please contact us on 01753 883 853.
August family open days
We value the commitment of our volunteers, many of whom have been coming for years, but we are always on the lookout for more supporters. That’s why our family open days that we hold during the holidays not only provide an outlet for parents with bored children, they also introduce our work to the younger generation. We offer a day of getting your hands dirty with packing and stacking; exciting quizzes and games; arts and crafts for special school projects; and our biscuit collection is quite extraordinary at break times.