Southampton scrapstore is run almost solely by volunteers. This helps us keep the running costs down and adds to the charm of the store. Some of our volunteers have been with us for the whole 35 years we have been running, other join us to fill gaps in their employment or as a stepping stone into other work places. We can provide training and access to courses to those that are keen to add new skills to their CV.
We have volunteers who help us in all areas of the store including front of house till operators; a customer facing position which includes welcoming people to the store, assisting with membership enquiries and take any payments. We also have a fabric room which requires a customer facing volunteer to help members choose and cut fabric, price and bag their items for the till staff.
For volunteers who would rather not be customer facing, there is hands on scrap sorting in our two back rooms, tidying, stocking shelves and making sure the store is compliant to health and safety.
For the more creative volunteers, our team of crafty bees help design and build crafts packs, or create items from scrap materials in the stores to sell at our events. We have a dedicated crafts area room for this on the second floor of the scrapstore.