Shop Assistant

Somerset Wood Recycling

Name: Shop Assistant
Organisation: Somerset Wood Recycling
Location: The Motex Centre, Winterstoke Road, Weston super Mare, BS23 3YW
Type: Part Time
We are looking for volunteers who can give a regular commitment but we can be flexible on days and times.


At the start of 2017 Somerset Wood Recyling is planning an exciting new venture. The plan is to adapt part of the workshop into an inviting new shop display hand-made wooden items for sale to the public. Volunteers are needed to:

Design, create and decorate the shop
Create appealing displays of items made on the premises
Welcome visitors and customers and help with their enquirers
Help customers with their purchases
Use the till and help customers pay for their items

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Organisation Description

Somerset Wood Recycling is a not for profit social enterprise, based in Weston-super-Mare and up and running since 2007. Most frequently our work centres around people whose lives aren’t quite ‘right’ – whether that’s because of unemployment, criminal behaviour, drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues etc, Our aim is to help them reposition their lives in a positive way.

Key to this is offering support and training in a real work environment, where quality of service is essential and soft skills such as team work and punctuality need to be good (or, if they aren’t, improved).

The kinds of activities we involve people in are:

Making products from recycled wood
Painting and refurbishing
Work in parks – such as planting and bench refurbishment
Invasive weed control – Japanese knotweed etc
Work in open spaces (clearance, fly-tipping removal, installations)
Wood collections and wood sorting


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Cause / Interests

  • Art and Culture
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Mental Health
  • Prisoners and Ex-Offenders

Types of Activity

  • Practical Work and DIY
  • Retail and Charity Shops

Skills and Qualifications


Volunteers will need to be able to:
*interact independently with customers and visitors
*enjoy meeting new people and chatting to them
*have an understanding of basic numeracy to be able to complete sales
*use a till (with training)
*Be enthusiastic and keen to keep the shop looking tidy and welcoming

If you have any experience working in retail or using your creative talents to set up a shop this would be an advantage


This opportunity could provide demonstrable experience of customer service and retails skills.
You will receive induction and a reference

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: Considered on an individual basis
Offer: NA
Training: You will receive training in how to use a till
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References