Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) scheme is an adventure and opportunity for participants to discover new interests, talents and develop essential skills for life and work. It is a recognised mark of achievement respected by employers in recruitment.

Kenilworth Lions Charity Store welcome the opportunity to support the development of young adults in our community who as part of their DofE programme wish to help with charity and environmental volunteering activities.

Duke of Edinburgh participants working towards their award can be a valuable contributor in the operation of the store, helping the community and environment, while learning social and practical skills in a safe and friendly environment.

The store sells donated items of furniture and other goods for reused, occasionally following minor repair, thereby avoiding waste and landfill.

Each participant will be assigned a DBS checked mentor from Kenilworth Lions Club or one of our regular volunteers at the store.

The operation of the store involves many activities, so there is sure to be something to suit all abilities and interests and you don’t have to be involved in them all.

In order to be part of our team there are mandatory online Health & Safety training requirements which must be completed at the start of your assignment.

In addition, a minimum of any of the optional activities must also be completed, you can discuss these with your Lions mentor to decide which are most suited to you and change them at any time.

Your mentor will be able to confirm your progress by authorising completed activities on your Duke of Edinburgh Activity Log to record your achievements.

Mandatory activities

  • Attend in store induction session with Lions mentor
  • Successfully complete online Safety Essentials training to obtain a certificate
  • Successfully complete online Manual Handling training to obtain a certificate
  • Locate and review Work Procedures related to store operation
  • Time keeping, signing in and out to record attendance for insurance purposes
  • Provide feedback to demonstrate understanding of store operations and offer ideas for improvement.
  • Additionally any of the Additional Activities listed below

Additional Activities

Involvement in these activities will help develop a variety of life skills and experience. 

  • Retailing basics e.g. Presentation, Product knowledge, Product Pricing
  • Front of store e.g. Welcome customers, provide guidance/instruction
  • Customer engagement e.g. Conversation, assisting, directing, selling
  • Suitability Assessment and Acceptance of donations
  • Store set up ready for opening and store close down
  • Loading / Unloading furniture van
  • Relocating stock to/from offsite storage
  • Organising / Tidying store, delivery yard and office
  • Preparing TV for sale e.g. Tuning, cleaning, valuation
  • Preparing Audio Equipment for sale e.g. Tuning, cleaning, valuation
  • Preparing Computer Equipment for sale e.g. Testing, cleaning, valuation
  • Delivering sales, part of van crew ( + at least 2 Lions) going to people’s homes
  • Collecting donations, part of van crew (+ at least 2 Lions) going to people’s homes
  • Assembling flat pack furniture, beds fames, tables etc
  • Repairing items ready for sale
  • Familiarisation with Cash handling and credit card on payment desk, with a supervising Lion
  • Office, phone answering. voicemail, photocopying 
  • PAT testing electrical goods – This is a supervised activity

Programme Leaders / Parents / Applicants are welcome to visit our store on Saturday mornings to discuss participation.

You are welcome to join us during or out of term time.

We are open 09:00 – 12:30 every Saturday.

Currently we require participants to be at least 16 years old.

Why not pop down to the store on Saturday morning and take a look ~ we look forward to seeing you.