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Volunteer Shop Assistant

Volunteer Shop Assistant
Artizan International
Description of the role:

Our shop is open again and we are actively looking for volunteers to help cover morning and afternoon shift Tuesday-Sunday. We are looking for confident and bubbly volunteers for our retail store in Harrogate town centre. The sale of products made by our differently-able artisans overseas helps to fund the work we do both overseas and here locally in the UK.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

Sales or customer service experience is a bonus but not essential as full training will be given.
An outgoing personality is essential as chatting to the public about our work and products is a huge part of what you will be doing during your time with us.

Practical information:

Shifts available for volunteers are:

Tuesdays10am-1pm 1pm-5pm
Wednesdays 10am-1pm 1pm-5pm
Thursdays 10am-1pm 1pm-5pm
Fridays 10am-1pm 1pm-5pm
Saturdays 12 -3
Sundays 12-3
The town center location means there is no parking on site.
Full training will be given


Additional Information
DBS check needed: No
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Age 17+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
39 Oxford Street
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 21.05.2021
Organisation Information

‚ÄčArtizan International (originally named Craft Aid International) was founded in 2013 by Susie Hart MBE, on returning to Harrogate after 10 years of life and work in Tanzania, East Africa, where she set up a social enterprise called Neema Crafts. This centre provides training and employment for people with disabilities who would otherwise be street begging to earn a living. Having started with three deaf trainees when she began, on a start-up budget of just ¬£400, by the time she left the centre was employing over 120 people with a huge range of disabilities, all of whom are now able to support themselves and their families with dignity and pride.

Susie set up Artizan International on returning home, to pass on this model to other developing countries where people with disabilities are still living in poverty. She also found that differently-able people in the UK are often very socially isolated.

So, as an organisation we got started by running free weekly therapeutic crafts sessions for adults with disabilities in the community in Harrogate and Leeds. We also worked with long-term hospital inpatients at Harrogate and Ripon hospitals, and ran after school clubs for children with special needs too.

We create beautiful, joy-giving, artisan-made cards, gifts, jewellery and home accessories .
Visit our Oxford Street shop for fair-trade, high quality products, made ethically and mindfully in Ecuador and Peru.