We love fashion, but its environmental impact is destroying our planet and causing suffering to many of the workers who make our clothes.

At Royal Trinity Hospice we are here to make shopping preloved fashion enjoyable, welcoming and accessible to everyone in London and beyond. Last year we saved 360,000 items from landfill by rehoming them within our wonderful community, whilst also raising funds for the core work of the hospice. 

What does a repair volunteer do?

We regularly receive donations of good quality stock from individuals and corporate companies. Sometimes this stock has slight defects or damage, such as rips, tears or holes. We want to ensure that we keep these items in use, and out of landfill, for as long as possible, to be reloved again and again. Therefore, we are looking for volunteers to help repair or upcycle these damaged garments. 

In this volunteer role you will have the opportunity to make visible or invisible repairs to garments, shoes or accessories, as well as upcycling items in innovative and creative ways

Did you know that extending the life of an item of clothing by 9 months reduces its environmental footprint by up to 20%?

If you have a skill not listed here that could support our mission to reduce fashion waste, get in touch to discuss! At Royal Trinity Hospice we are committed to reducing our environmental impact as defined in our Seven Steps to Sustainability plan.

How much time will I need to commit?

This role is flexible and can fit in around your existing commitments. We are looking for volunteers who can give at least 2 hours per week to help repair and upcycle garments.

This role can be completed at our retail head office in Balham, at one of our Trinity charity shops, or at home.

What are we looking for?

  • Excellent sewing, knitting, upcycling or textile repair skills
  • An interest in sustainability and circular fashion
  • Creativity
  • Enthusiasm and motivation
  • A desire to support the work that Trinity does
  • A commitment to abide by Trinity’s policies and procedures

What are the benefits of this role?

  • A creative and rewarding outlet for your talents
  • A chance to use the skills you have and develop new ones
  • The opportunity to find out more about sustainability and circular fashion
  • The opportunity to support Trinity and make a difference in the local community
  • The opportunity to gain volunteering experience for your CV

Contact details and how to apply

Please complete the online application form below to apply.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact [email protected]

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Each appropriate applicant will be asked to attend an informal interview. If successful, we will then take up two references and you will required to complete some online training before get started.

We do not want you to be out of pocket through volunteering. We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses where relevant.