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Volunteer in your local shop

It takes on average, 12,000 volunteer hours each month to run all our Children's Hospice South West charity shops across the South West!

Each shop is able to open its doors and welcome in customers with a smile, with the help and support of our wonderful group of volunteers. As well as being able to help our customers find good quality bargains in the shop, all of our volunteers are also helping to raise much needed funds to provide expert care in our three hospices. Every one of our volunteers brings something different to the team in the shop where they volunteer. Many have unique and interesting stories of how they came to volunteer and why they chose to join the CHSW team.

It's a nice way to meet people, by volunteering in a shop.

What can our shop volunteers do?

You can be a general volunteer in any of the Children's Hospice South West shops, getting involved in a bit of everything or you can specialise in a particular area that's of interest to you. Perhaps you have some great experience already in an area that you can help us with? Or you'd like to gain some experience?

How ever you can help volunteer your time and skills, we welcome it.

Meet Julie our retail volunteer who works at TivertonJust some of the roles for shop volunteers:

  • Books and media
  • Till operative
  • Customer service
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Multi-media
  • Head office admin

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Book and classes

Learning and development

Volunteering in one of our shops will give you the opportunity to gain valuable skills to improve your CV,  meet new people, increase your and to be part of a committed team, whilst making a real difference. You may also have the opportunity to take nationally recognised vocational qualifications such as an NVQ.

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

Join our shop team today!

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.