Today’s feature store: Canning Vale

Come and join our wonderful team of volunteers at the Canning Vale store situated on the corner of Bannister Road and South Street Canning Vale. Volunteers are required Tuesday afternoons, Thursday mornings, Fridays and Saturdays.

If you can spare a few hours a week, want to make a difference to someone’s life, or if you want to come along for the enjoyment, we would love to have you join our team.

When I asked my Staff and Volunteers why they give up their time to help Salvos Stores, these are the responses I got:

Jean, full time Sales Assistant (10+ years service): ‘I like to feel like I’m making a difference.’

Kellie, casual Sales Assistant (new staff member): ‘I like working with people and interacting with the customers I meet.’

Margaret, volunteers 15 hours per week (8 months service): ‘I like socialising with people in a nice environment and giving something back to the community’

Kerry, volunteers four hours per week (five years service): ‘I like to volunteer because of the social aspect, and I like to feel I am making a difference.’

Bulu, volunteers 12 hours per week (three years service): ‘I like to learn and help out.’

Sue, volunteers eight hours per week, (three years plus service): ‘I like the social aspect in a friendly place and know I am making a difference.’

Kathy, volunteers three hours per week (10 plus years of service): I have met a lot of nice staff and volunteers during my ten years. The time at Salvos stores makes a light relief from my usually busy life.

Maurie, volunteers five hours per week (five plus years of service): ‘I like to volunteer to help the girls and also help the community. I really enjoy it.’

Tammy, Store Manager, (five plus years service): ‘I enjoy meeting all the lovely people on a daily basis. It’s a great, friendly environment. I genuinely love what I’m doing and get a lot of job satisfaction. Most importantly, I know that our team is making a difference in somebody else’s life every day. Whether it be our customers, or the people that our funds help in the community.’

-Posted by Tammy

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Welcome to the Salvos Stores blog

This blog will give you an insight into the world of Salvos Stores. Various people will be contributing to this blog including store staff and volunteers, and members of Operations and Support Office.

These contributions will tell you about Salvos Stores from a variety of points of view, and what Salvos Stores means to them.

A good way to start the Salvos Stores blog is to provide a brief history of Salvos Stores and how it got to the place it is today.

Our Vision

We are the leading and most sustainability-conscious recycling charity retailer in Australia.

Our Mission

To provide our services in harmony with Christian principles, professionally and efficiently, as well as in an environmentally-responsible manner, thereby maximising funding for Salvation Army programs.

Our Values

  • Compassion and professionalism in our actions and ethics
  • Extraordinary service to our customers
  • Consideration for the environment in our daily work
  • Outstanding quality in everything we do
  • Growth and development of our people

About Salvos Stores

Salvos Stores is the retail arm of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory and operates over 200 retail stores in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Salvos Stores operates as a fully functioning retail business, recycling pre-loved goods and relying heavily on the generosity of the public.

Salvos Stores maintains a professional retail network and dedicated store staff, professional Support Office and a great team of retail managers.

All profit from the sale of goods at Salvos Stores contributes to invaluable community programs operated by The Salvation Army.

History of Salvos Stores

Salvos Stores has been in existence in various forms since the 1880’s. The Salvation Army Prison Gate Brigade initiated a salvage works program which acted as work therapy for those coming out of prison. The profits from sales funded the program.

Thrift shops opened throughout the Territory and each state had a central collection and distribution centre. This work became known as The Red Shield Industries and provided work therapy for people in the homelessness and rehabilitation programs. This financed The Salvation Army’s social programs.

In the early 1990’s there was a structural change and The Red Shield Industries was re-named The Salvation Army Family Stores. The Salvation Army rehabilitation programs and the retail arm were now separate entities.

In 2006 the name was changed to Salvos Stores.