Swapshop Volunteer

  • VO82758


Key tasks: We have a number of different roles available from shop floor volunteers (Welcoming and informing customers at the Shrub, working on the till, keeping the shop floor tidy, chatting to customers about carbon literacy and sustainable fashion ) to pricing and sorting (helping in the stockroom, sorting and pricing donations, working out which things to keep and which things to pass on) as well as helping with merchandising and displays. We would also love to have some volunteers with particular interests (e.g. graphic design, photography, organisation skills).Please note: the volunteering opportunity is not suitable for anyone under 16years of age or who has not yet reached school-leaving age.

Organisation aims and objectives

The SHRUB Co-op aims to reduce waste by providing a platform for people to engage with sustainability. It is student-led, but anybody can get involved. We run a Swapshop, where people can swap their ‘waste’ things for items swapped in by others, a Freeshop (for members of the co-operative), a beginners Bicycle repair and maintenance workshop, upcycling and upskilling workshops, Social Justice Movie Nights, and host a food-sharing group who tackle food waste.










3 hours per week. 1 shift. Tuesday-Saturday. Either 10:30-1, 1-3.30 or 3.30-6.30


Experience required: Friendly personality Interest in environmental sustainability and/or sustainable fashion Interest in Cooperatives Open to learning and developing Happy to use till systems Retail experience helpful but not essential. Will get a full training on arrival
Travel details: Zero Waste Hub 22, Bread St Edinburgh EH3 9AF
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonable travel expenses through BACS claim or petty cash. All other expenses must be agreed prior to spending.
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Induction in Cooperative structures, Till systems, Pricing systems, sustainable fashion information, carbon literacy. Possibility of ongoing trainings in project management, first aid, inclusivity etc.