SUSSED Volunteer Vacancy
Shop Assistant: In need of work experience, want to make a difference in ethical consumerism or simply want to volunteer in a friendly and sociable environment? Then SUSSED is the perfect place for you to volunteer! Volunteers also receive a discount on goods sold at SUSSED.
Your role will include:
- Making customers feel welcome in the shop
- Telling the story behind the products
- Assisting customers with purchases
- Operating the till
- Helping with sourcing ethical goods, pricing, window displays etc
- Keeping the shop clean and tidy
- Opportunity to run stalls at events
We also have some need for office based tasks - just talk to us about what skills you can offer or perhaps how we can give you experience in an area you want to develop.
SUSSED has worked with a number of schools and other organisations to provide work placements for students from around South Wales and further afield.
Inès Depye (16), Inès took part in a programme, organised by Britt-house, that allows English-learners to stay with a local family and get an authentic taste of English/Welsh life whilst learning the language. She wrote the following about SUSSED
"For a French student it’s very interesting going to an English/Welsh speaking country to learn and to work. My host family showed me the SUSSED shop and I really liked the idea of volunteer work. It was a really enjoyable experience, with very friendly people and I hope that my work there has made a difference. "
Our youngest volunteer, Jareth Kale was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for his work with SUSSED, from the Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations.
Hello, my name is Alix. I came from France.
For my studies, I had the opportunity to work at SUSSED for three weeks. I Really enjoyed this work experience.
Everybody was really friendly with me.
During these three weeks, I did merchandising, the shop windows, I cleaned and did the till.
Sometimes it was difficult to understand the customers but I've learnt a lot of new vocabulary.
So thank you SUSSED and maybe see you soon!
SUSSED Community Cooperative based in Porthcawl supports short-term internment’s for local Sixth formers.
From left to right Cian Sparrow, Nia Eastment , Jessica Townsend
"Work - placements for the borough's young people comes around annually and we try to support this school initiative at SUSSED. Luckily some join the regular volunteers and come along afterwards and offer their time during the summer holidays, building experience and adding to their CV’s.” They learn a lot about ethical purchasing and the benefits of supporting a strong local economy” said Margaret Minhinnick, Director of SUSSED.
Cian commented "I have worked as a volunteer before and I recommend the experience very strongly to anyone my age. The benefits are countless, we learn new skills as well as making new friends and the experiences are lifelong."
Nia said that “I wasn’t 100% clear about the fair-trade campaign, but now see its importance -
- A fair and secure price to the producer
- No child labour
- Safe working conditions
- Protection for the environment
- Rights for women
Jessica added “ It allows us to interact confidently in new situations and working in the fair-trade movement helps us expand our knowledge"
When will I be needed? Opening hours are from 9:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Saturday. Volunteer rotas are produced dependent on people's availability, with volunteers typically electing to do around four hours a week (either in the morning or afternoon).
What will I gain from the role? Experience of working with a team of committed people - of all ages; make new friends; develop valuable skills (useful for people building their CV); gain confidence, whilst also supporting producers both in the developing world and in your locality.
Skills/Qualifications: No specific skills or qualification are required to work in SUSSED. We will give full training and support. We simply ask that you are able to get along with people and work as part of a team.
No time but still want to support SUSSED? Become a member and receive membership benefits and a say in how we are run. SUSSED is different, it's a social enterprise (a community run co-operative).