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Costume Store (Theatre and Vintage) General Assistant (especially on Saturday mornings) at Gladrags Community Costume Resource Charity

Gladrags is a unique resource bringing the magic of costumes to community groups and organisations, including children and young people projects, schools & colleges and amateur & fringe arts.

As a Charity, we are committed to reaching groups and individuals who experience disadvantage and life challenges. By providing affordable costume hire to them, from our vast range of over 6000 costumes, we are able to resource their community, educational and wellbeing projects, supporting and enriching their work.

In addition we provide costume hire to the general public for parties and social/ corporate events. This in effect subsidises the 60-80% discounted hire rates we offer not-for-profit organisations, and helps to fund our educational and community resources,

What does the opportunity involve doing?

As a Gladrags STORE ASSISTANT: you will be preparing theatre and vintage costumes for hire and dealing with them upon return; advising customers and selecting items for hire; organising costume storage and display; repair and care of costume.
We need volunteers for all the days that we are open, but especially on Saturday mornings from 10 until 1. You can work from 4 hrs to 3 days a week, in the store, (Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat) from home, or combining the two. We work with 5-10 volunteers at any one time and also provide a small number of volunteer opportunities for people with a range of learning and support needs, In addition to ongoing volunteering, we offer placement and internship schemes, and if you are at school, why not volunteer during the holidays or do your year 10 work experience with us?

We tailor volunteering as much as possible to each person’s interests and experience, be it an interest in costume and the arts, learning opportunities, CV experience or giving time to your local community.

What induction, training and support is offered?

We have an introduction, a full induction with health and safety advice, lots of training and support.
We want to find out what you are interested in and sometimes offer sewing classes.
We want to make sure the volunteers get a lot out of volunteering with us, so there are always conversations going on about possible things you might want to look into.
We give a lot of support to each volunteer and want to know how we can make you feel your time if well spent while you are helping us.

What skills or qualities are needed?

- a good knowledge of the English language
- reasonably good reading and writing skills with legible handwriting (or if you can't write, we can find you other jobs to do)
- a willingness to work as part of a team
- an interest in clothes or costumes
- a willingness to work in a busy store situation with coleagues and customers

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Deadline for applications

9 Sep 2020


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Disabled access?


Expenses paid?


Childcare available?


Contact name

Saskia Wesnigk

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