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Gain an NVQ volunteering with CHSW

Did you know you can volunteer in a CHSW charity shop and gain a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at the same time?

What is an NVQ in Retail?

An NVQ is a nationally recognised qualification that demonstrates your retail skills.

If you are 19+ and interested in a career in retail then this may be an opportunity for you to gain an NVQ in Retail or Customer Service whilst volunteering with us. 

You don't need any previous experience however you will need to meet the entry criteria.

How to apply for an NVQ

We work closely with recognised NVQ provider Derby College to properly support and assess NVQs in our shops.

For more information contact Stephanie Robey, Volunteer Advisor, at

NVQ Retail CHSW Shop.pdf

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Exeter University student Niamh O'Riordan-Mitchell volunteers in the Children’s Hospice South West charity shop in Sidwell Street, Exeter. Picture: Tim Lamerton Photography

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Read our FAQs for answers to common questions about volunteering with us.  You might also like to read over our volunteering guidelines, an overview of what you can expect from us and what we expect from you when you join us as a volunteer.