Uniting Victoria and Tasmania - Volunteer Hub

Op Shops

Uniting Op Shop
Volunteers know what it feels like to give back. Because it’s work that helps fund our vital programs and services right in your community.

You can find our opportunity shops in Bendigo, Ballarat, the Barwon area, Sale and in suburbs across Melbourne. Our first shop dates back to the creation of the Uniting Church of Australia in 1977.

The shops provide opportunities for people to give back to their local communities and gain work experience through volunteering. Volunteers make up 93% of the op shop workforce and we are grateful for their ongoing contribution.
The shops raise funds for vital programs and services in their local community. In particular the local emergency relief programs are the main beneficiary of the op shop funds.


What is it like to work in the Op Shop? 

“Each day is different — I could be hanging and tagging donated items, working on the register, sorting items or clearing shelves that need to be dusted. Lunchtime is always busy, so while we potter about, we focus on greeting people as they walk in to the shop. What I like most about helping out here is the variety — both in the people who visit the shop and those who work here, as well as the amazing range of items that are donated to us. 

There is never a dull moment and I’m grateful we all get along really well — even when we’re under the pump.  We all support each other to deal with some of our more challenging customers — we know that working together is the best way to get through the day and no-one is expected to do anything they are uncomfortable with.” 
– Op Shop, Team Member 


Op Shop Team Members support in various ways.  These may include:

  • Sorting donated items
  • Customer service and sales
  • Pricing donated items for sale
  • Creating displays / merchandising


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.