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Date: 29th Jul 2016

A six-month course for charity shop workers developed by Bucks New University, The Clare Foundation and John Lewis High Wycombe has been shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards 2016.Shop managers and staff at charities Willen Hospice and Rennie Grove Hospice Care have spent two days at John Lewis High Wycombe as part of a six-month course designed to expand their business knowledge and skills. The Retail Academy for the Voluntary Sector, developed by Bucks New University, The Clare Foundation and John Lewis High Wycombe, is aimed at ensuring shops belonging to the charities are as effective as possible, and focuses on aspects including leadership skills, managing volunteers, and visual merchandising.

The Retail Academy for the Voluntary Sector, working with staff at Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Willen Hospice, is shortlisted in the Corporate Community Local Involvement category at the awards in London on 28 September.

The course is aimed at ensuring that shops belonging to the charities are as effective as possible and focuses on aspects including leadership skills, managing volunteers, and visual merchandising.

Funded by Health Education Thames Valley, the academy supports work in the private, voluntary and independent sectors, and has included a day-long training workshop at John Lewis's store in High Wycombe.

Dr Rebecca Chandler-Wilde, Dean for Enterprise and Business Management at Bucks New University, said: "The Retail Academy concept grew from in-depth discussions with the charities involved about their development needs.

"We are delighted to have been able to work with the Clare Charity Centre and John Lewis to create this programme, each partner being able to bring something unique to the mix."

Dawn Stokoe, Community Liaison Coordinator at John Lewis High Wycombe, said:" We are honoured to be shortlisted in the Charity Times awards. It's a real credit to our partners and their commitment to our community focus of enhancing skills to create lasting change.

"Working alongside Bucks New University and The Clare Foundation enabled us to transfer skills and support the community in which we do business."

Shop managers and staff at charities Willen Hospice and Rennie Grove Hospice Care have spent two days at John Lewis High Wycombe as part of a six-month course designed to expand their business knowledge and skills. The Retail Academy for the Voluntary Sector, developed by Bucks New University, The Clare Foundation and John Lewis High Wycombe, is aimed at ensuring shops belonging to the charities are as effective as possible, and focuses on aspects including leadership skills, managing volunteers, and visual merchandising. Martin Thornton of The Clare Foundation, a charitable organisation, said: "The Clare Foundation is all about helping charities to perform better so this is right up our street."

The Charity Times Awards winners will be announced at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, on 28 September.

Picture captions: Course attendees on the Retail Academy for the Voluntary Sector.

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