Our volunteers

Aside from Wendy, our part time paid coordinator, and Gwen, our part time van driver, the Scrapstore is run entirely by volunteers.

Volunteers are the store’s life blood and without them, around 48,000 children and 6,000 adults wouldn’t have access to our low cost resources.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please contact us. Please note all volunteers require 2 references before they can start volunteering with us.

Find something you love to do

There’s a very happy atmosphere in the store and always something to be done. Some people prefer to be ‘back of house’ unloading and sorting ‘scrap just in,’ while others enjoy serving customers, taking photos of the scrap for the website, or helping out with the shop.

Craft sessions

repair-cafe-sewingWe run weekly Coffee and Craft sessions on Tuesdays, 1-3pm, for you to bring along your craft project to work on and enjoy a cuppa and a chat with other crafters. Swap ideas and be inspired by our scrap materials. £1 suggested donation per person, per session.

We also provide sewing machine sessions, so you can drop in and use our machines to create or finish off your items. Please see our Facebook page for up to date info on the times and dates as this may vary.

Why not volunteer to help out at one of these sessions? If you are friendly and/or crafty, you can help!


The Autumn Pumpkin Festival, Southampton Play Day and Alresford Music Festival are just a few of the events at which we’ve run craft sessions. Volunteer with us and you could help run these fun days out.


The Scrapstore Committee

Volunteer behind the scenes and help make us fit for purpose and able to survive, so we’re around for many more members to use.

Benefits of volunteering with us

Make new friends and have fun!

We’re flexible – do what you like within your capabilities and commitment.

Gain new skills and a reference for your CV, and experience.

Meet Our Volunteers

Here are just some of the brilliant people who volunteer their time and energy to keep Southampton Scrapstore going.



“The Scrapstore is a vital part of reducing and reusing waste materials in our city and is also a fun and friendly place to volunteer” says Clare Diaper, who joined the store team after seeing the van out and about around the city. Clare started volunteering in 2010, helping with sorting of scrap materials and running the store. She soon became more involved in all aspects of Scrapstore and joined the committee in 2012 and is currently the treasurer. Clare is passionate about “a more sustainable Southampton, a city where resources are valued, our environment is respected and a place where we look after each other”, all things that Southampton Scrapstore values.



Jacquie is a local artist and volunteers as chair of the Scrapstore committee. She represents the charity at a number of events and runs workshops in the Scrapstore itself.