Our life-saving work would not be possible without the
commitment of people who give their time to support the charity by
working in our shops across the UK - helping the fight against
While the reasons people give their time to us
are numerous, we know that working with us can help to develop new
skills, and offer valuable experience of working
in a busy retail environment. For that reason we’re pleased to give
people the chance to take part in periods of work experience with
Every new person goes through the same
process, irrespective of which route they have used to come through
our doors. Our shop managers have a discussion with all applicants
to ensure that their joining us is appropriate and mutually
beneficial. If either side feels that this will not be the
case, the applicant will not take up a position with us.
Benefiting from training
While the support that we offer to all those working with
us depends on the time that they are with us and the nature of any
placement, we know that many have benefitted from training provided
by us. We have supported people to complete an NVQ in
Retail or Customer Service. Last year
alone we helped over 600 staff and volunteers gain vocational
People on schemes and placements regularly go
on to find paid work with the BHF or
At the moment, there are around 15,000
people giving their time to support us by working in our
Shops across the UK. A small proportion are on placements with us
through the Work Programme, however, we only provide those
opportunities if they are undertaken voluntarily and remain so
throughout the placement. We are no longer involved in the
Mandatory Work Activity scheme.
We review the operation and effectiveness of
all schemes regularly and make changes to our participation as
necessary. It is important that any work placement with us
achieves positive results for all involved.
We have recently established an important
partnership with Job Centre Plus to actively promote
volunteering as an option for anyone who is unemployed and
wants to gain work experience.
Our supporters are welcome to contact us
directly if they have any questions about our participation in the
scheme. Please email email@example.com.