PAT tester volunteer

Help us prepare stock in our stores and online!

Our retail stores accept clothes, household items, furniture and bric-a-brac from the public. PAT testers play a key role preparing products for resale, making sure the items we sell in our retail stores and online are safe and work properly.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email or call our head office on 0800 587 4570.


The role of the PAT Tester volunteer

  • Inspect all electrical items that have been donated to the charity shop item review all cables for damage, cleanliness and general condition – is it genuinely fit for resale?
  • Check electrical items for a rating plate
  • Plugs are correctly wired, fused and pins insulated
  • Replace plugs if required
  • PAT test according to Class 1 or Class 2 rating
  • Record all PAT Tested items in line with NWAA procedure with description, model number, serial number and insulation class


What we need from you

  • Good people skills
  • A strong team player
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • A willingness to undertake training and take direction
  • Time to spare – could you donate 4 hours or more of your time a week?


What we can offer you

  • An induction to the charity and role specific training
  • The chance to meet new people and be part of a friendly team
  • The opportunity to learn new skills or try something new
  • To gain valuable retail experience under the supervision of an experienced retail manager
  • Expenses in line with our volunteer expense policy
  • Support when you need it from the volunteer team or your retail manager


When and where can I volunteer?

We have 11 shops across the North West; Barrowford, Blackburn, Congleton,  Garstang, Heswall, Kendal, Longridge, Lytham, Old Swan, Southport and Wilmslow, and our Donation Centre at Speke. Volunteer shifts are available 7 days a week between 9.30am and 4.30pm, with volunteers ideally helping for at least one half day per week.


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