Restart Orkney

Employability Orkney provides a range of sustainable supported employment, training and volunteering opportunities which promote social inclusion for those furthest from the labour market. Our social enterprise Restart Orkney sells furniture, household items, white goods and clothing at affordable prices.

Current opportunities

We need your help! Our busy Restart Showroom is busier than ever selling donated items of furniture, household items, electrical goods and bric-a-brac. This helps the planet by reusing and recycling and helps people access low cost items at a time they need it most. If you would like to be a part of our amazing local charity and have some spare time to volunteer, we would love to hear from you. Key activities include: • Meeting and greeting customers in a friendly, welcoming manner • Processing cash and card payments • Scheduling deliveries and collections for our busy van • Responding to queries in person, over the phone and via social media • Sorting, cleaning and merchandising donated goods • Organising eye-catching displays • Uploading photos and item descriptions to social media What could a volunteer gain from the experience: Volunteering at Restart is a great way to meet new people in a busy environment. It’s an opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence in a supportive, welcoming environment. Perhaps you have skills and knowledge to pass on to other volunteers and supported employees! Being a part of our charity can provide an amazing “feel-good” feeling – whether that’s from assisting people in times of need or from knowing we are helping our environment by actively encouraging the re-use and recycling of goods in our community. If you are looking for work, volunteering is a great addition to your CV and we can also provide a reference to prospective employers. We can assist with your next steps – we have a dedicated staff member who can help with practical areas such as CV’s, job searching, application forms, interview coaching as well as offering emotional and well-being support if required.

Restart Orkney receives a large amount of donated electrical items, which are required to be PAT tested and checked for safety before being sold on. Due to an increasing volume of donations we have a volunteering opportunity for someone to help PAT test these items. Key activities would include: • Visual inspection of electrical items • Plug in items to check on working condition • Simple remedial actions if required (ie. change plug or fuse) • Ensure internal electrical safety with our PAT testing machine • Documentation of test results • Cleaning items and preparing for sale What could a volunteer gain from the experience: The opportunity to meet new people in a busy environment. Learn new skills and update existing skills. A rewarding way to get involved in a local charity with environmental aims to encourage and increase re-use and recycling, whilst also enabling people on low incomes to access quality, low cost electrical goods. Pass on your skills to other volunteers and supported employees.