Charity Shop Manager – Vacancy (October 2022)

The Friends of Blandford Hospital Charity are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced retailer with great people skills, who is confident working with our wonderful team of volunteers.  You will be organised, driven and experienced in overseeing the day to day business of our two established shops in Blandford and Sturminster Newton and the Storage facility.  A background in charity retailing would be an advantage for this position.  Excellent customer service is essential and you will have the ability to manage a team of volunteers, handle cash and have an understanding of a retail environment.

The post is part time based on 28 hours per week over 5 days and some weekend work will be required with an hourly rate of £13.49.

Please phone The Friends Office on 01258 450095 for a job description/specification or download from the link below, and apply by sending your CV to The Friends Office, Blandford Hospital, Milldown Road, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 7DD.

Welcome to

Friends of Blandford Community Hospital

Our Friends organisation was a founder member of the National Association League of Friends in 1949 and is a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

The charity is committed to supporting Blandford Community Hospital in delivering excellent standards of treatment and care, and assisting health related projects and groups in our community.

Our aim is to make a significant difference to the reach and scale of the services available to our community in and around Blandford. We do this by supporting the Hospital clinical staff in any way we are able but especially by providing funds for capital and infrastructure projects that are outside the affordability of the NHS.

Blandford Community Hospital is part of Dorset HealthCare, who are responsible for all community hospitals along with mental health services and many physical health services.  They provide healthcare across Dorset at over 300 sites.  As a Foundation Trust, they have a Council of Governors who are elected to represent the views and interests of the public, patients and staff as well as carers and other stakeholders.

You can influence the decisions made about the NHS in Dorset by becoming a Member of Dorset HealthCare, and making contact with your local Governor.  Anyone over the age of 11 years is welcome, it’s free and without obligation.

Details about the Council of Governors and their contact details can be found at Dorset HealthCare website,

It takes just a few minutes to complete an online membership form, or complete a printed form when visiting one of their services (if you can’t find one, just ask).

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Learn more about our History, Council and Members.

About Us

Our Services

Provided directly to our local community
Local People

Representing the interests of local people in any development of the services and amenities at our hospital.
Transport Services

Transport service to medical appointments, delivered by our volunteer drivers.
Community Outings

Social outings and shopping trips delivered by our volunteers in our minibus.
Providing Support

Supporting local health related projects and groups with help and/or financial grants.

Community Shops

The Friends of Blandford Hospital are very proud of their 2 charity shops which provide a steady income for the charity generated through the hard work and commitment of the team of volunteers that work there.

Our Shops


We have a regular schedule of fundraising events each year that are always well supported locally. These events have become such a success because of the continued commitment and dedication of a wonderful team of volunteers.

All Events


We have a dedicated team of volunteers that support people in the community through transport to medical appointments, companionship and social outings.

Help Out

Our Events

Here at the Friends of Blandford Community Hospital we have events all year round to help raise money for various things in the charity, such as funding our mini buses, buying new equipment, running our shops and more.

We’d also like to hear from you if you have any ideas for a fundraising event, so please do get in touch. Click through to see the full list of upcoming events, and of course you can follow us on Facebook.

All Events

We had a great time at the FBCH summer fair!
It was wonderful to see so many people out supporting such a wonderful cause,
and we raised lots of money too.


It's a pleasure to be part of such a fantastic community.
The Friends of Blandford Community Hospital really do make a difference.

Steve ColeChairman

The staff and patients are what make this community.
It is such an honour to be part of such an amazing group of people,
working hard to make our patients feel well looked after!

Jon MiddletonCarer

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