While it’s fun to op shop, there are real benefits to the community – recycle, recycle, recycle. And that means less going to landfill! Did you know that charity-run op shops rely heavily on volunteers? These amazing teams not only enable a huge benefit through funds to the charity, they also: meet people, are engaged in their community, and learn or refresh customer services skills.
To find a volunteer role in a charity op shop, check out:
To find op shops near you, use our Interactive Map:
Please note: whilst all care has been taken in compiling this map, we acknowledge there may be inaccuracies. We welcome any corrections to be sent to us via email.
If you have goods that are broken, dirty, have missing parts, are not working or are not suitable to donate to your local charity shop you can take them to your nearest transfer station or resource recovery park. Please remember if donated goods are not in a saleable condition the charity has to pay to dispose of them. We have compiled a list of Transfer Stations and Resource Recovery Parks in Christchurch and upper Canterbury for this purpose.
Brought to you by Volunteering Canterbury and Volunteering Mid-South Canterbury, with many thanks to Dr Donald Matheson, University of Canterbury, and Connor Venmore, Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury, for their considerable efforts in turning this idea into a reality.