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Volunteer in our shops

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!

Become a shop volunteer

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

Find a role

What our shop volunteers do?

You can be a general volunteer in any of our shops, getting involved in a bit of everything or specialising 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?

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

Just some of the roles for shop volunteers:

  • Books and media
  • Till operative
  • Customer service
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Multi-media
I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t do anything different. I worked in mainstream retail before I came to charity but it’s just not as fun. You get such a feeling of pride working for CHSW because you’re giving something back and you know that the money you’re raising is going to a really good cause.
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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.

How to register your interest

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.

Enquire today