- Location: Scullin ACT
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Category: Community Services
We envisage this is a 10-15 hour a week role. We would like someone to take on the role until the end of 2019, at which point you may want to continue or move on. The hours you work would be up to you. You will need access to your own computer for the role. We have internet access at the Scullin Traders if you need this however it's probably ideal if you also have access at home.
- Skilled Volunteers
Type of work
- Education & Training
- Retail & Sales
- Administration & Office Management
We will provide you with any practical support you need and welcome you onto our team.
Your skills and attributes.
Friendly - we want our volunteer shopkeepers to feel valued and supported.
Organised - we are a fully-volunteer led project and need people who can make things happen.
Reliable - this is a key role but we think a fun and satisfying one for someone looking to make a difference to a community and be a part of an innovative, community-led project.
Positive - the project is new and will involve some trial and error. We need people who are happy to try different approaches when our first attempt doesn’t work - there’ll be plenty of that!
We envisage this is a 10-15 hour a week role. We would like someone to take on the role until the end of 2019, at which point you may want to continue or move on. The hours you work would be up to you.
You will need access to your own computer for the role. We have internet access at the Scullin Traders if you need this however we envisage you will need this at home too.
How we will support you:
The Scullin Community Group is run by a large number of enthusiastic, skilled and active volunteers. As a key part of the team you will be welcomed, supported and helped in any way possible by the group, but particularly by the key committee (Sue, Rachel, Emily and others).
Although we hope you can make most decisions on your own (because we have lots of other tasks we are doing ourselves), we’ll always be around to talk/help/support what you are doing. We will learn and grow together.
The space: Scullin Traders The Scullin Traders is a community entrepreneurship hub run by the Scullin Community Group. As a key part of the community’s efforts to transform the vibe of the struggling Scullin shops, the space features comfy couches for coffee drinkers, handmade products from Canberra microbusinesses, and a coworking space and creative workshops for the Canberra community.
The space is run entirely by volunteers and was supported by a $5000 donation from the ACT Chief Minister’s fund. While we aim to help our small microtraders make a profit (we want small businesses to succeed!) any profits made by the Scullin Community Group will be fed back into our mission to change the shops and give residents a place to be proud of and to share with others. We are an incorporated association and about to register with the ACNC for charity status.
For more on the Scullin Traders find us on Facebook at scullintraders
The role: Volunteer coordinator (shopkeepers) The Scullin Traders will be run entirely by volunteers. Many of these are from Scullin but we have attracted (and welcomed!) volunteers from across Canberra to take part in this exciting exciting, community-led entrepreneurial experiment.
We are seeking a friendly, organised and reliable volunteer coordinate to support the 10-20 volunteers who will be working as ‘shopkeepers’ in the Scullin Traders across each week. (NOTE: There are another 15-20 volunteers working on the Scullin Traders project in the background, doing things like the store’s bookkeeping, social media, ordering stock etc however this role will ONLY be needed to coordinate/manager our volunteer shopkeepers).
We envisage that part of the role will be organisational: simply being the phone/email contact for volunteers if they have questions or need cover for their shift. It would be great if you are also able to be in the shop on occasional set times in the week (perhaps 1-2 times for 2hrs each?)
More about the Scullin Community Group The Scullin Community Group began in October 2018 to build community and transform the struggling local Scullin shops.
Things moved fast. Within weeks, they setup a Facebook group (now with almost 300 members), organised the community group’s first get together (it was a hit) and joined with other locals, the Southern Cross Early Childhood School, local businesses, government representatives and other interested community groups to start changing Scullin for the better. As well as four street libraries, social soccer on a Tuesday night, and dozens of new friendships, the groups’ early wins have included: approval for murals on the shops’ external walls; designing and installing a community noticeboard; and attracting a coffee cart to the shops’ courtyard. In May 2019 the group opened the Scullin Traders: a community entrepreneurship hub featuring comfy couches for coffee drinkers, handmade products from Canberra creative, a coworking space and creative workshops. The space is run entirely by volunteers and was supported by a $5000 donation from the ACT Chief Minister’s fund.