Volunteering opportunities

There are many different ways that you can get involved with Heptonstall Community Assets, to help with the running of our community shop.

Newspaper collection and/or return

Our newspapers need collecting from Hebden Bridge at about 8:15am every morning. Any unsold papers then need returning at 1 pm (noon on Sundays). You need to be reasonably fit with access to transport.

Working in the shop

We have a paid postmaster and some paid staff, but the shop relies on volunteers serving short shifts at busy times in the shop and doing some light tasks around the shop such as operating the till, cleaning and shelf filling to name a few. Training will be given.


We currently do a small number of trips to wholesalers. We mainly need people able to assist with loading and unloading stock when suppliers deliver.


We have a team of about 8 Directors who meet every 6 weeks or so to oversee the strategy and performance of the shop and Post Office. Training will be given. Directors are elected annually at our September AGM, but we can co-opt people between AGMS.

Building and maintenance work

We have a small working group that looks after the fabric of the building and systems such as the IT and utilities.

Other working groups

We also have working groups in the following areas:

  • Human Resources - looking at recruitment and employees

  • Retail - looking at what we stock in the shop and the shop systems

  • Volunteer - looking after the vital relationship with our volunteers.

If you have skills an time, we are keen for you to get involved.

How you can get involved

If you are interested in getting involved or would just like to chat about the possibility, then please complete our short on-line expression of interest form below.

You can also email us at volunteer@heptonstall.community

Three rings rota system

In order to manage our volunteer rota, we are moving to an on-line system called Three Rings. This allows volunteers to easily select and manage their shifts and allows for an an easy two-way communication between everyone using email and/or text messages.

You can access the Three Rings system through any web browser and there is Android app and a Microsoft App and the system can also be used on an iPhone.

Full training on how to use the system will be given.

We will soon be producing our own video of how to use the system, but in the meantime see below for a useful video produced by Broughton community shop.