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Volunteer shopkeepers. Scullin Traders

  • Location: Scullin ACT
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Other
  • Time Required

    We are asking for volunteer shopkeepers to commit to 1-2 shifts per week 4 to 8 hours per shift. We have flexibility to open the shop from early mornings till 6pm daily. Shifts will likely be: 8-12 noon, 10-2pm and 2-6pm. There will be some trial and error as we work this out.

  • Suitable for
    • Skilled Volunteers
  • Type of work
    • Retail & Sales
  • Training

    We will provide you a short training and any practical support you need.

  • Requirements

    Your skills and attributes.
    Friendly - our volunteer shopkeepers are the face of the Scullin Traders.
    Enjoy meeting people - we don’t know how busy the shop will be but we DO know customers will have a lot of questions about the space and the project. We’ll explain it all to you BUT you’ll want to be comfortable chatting to curious customers and inspiring them about our project.
    Comfortable with simple computer systems - Scullin Traders will be cashless and all sales will go via a point of sale system on a tablet/ipad. We will train you and the system is simple, BUt if technology scares the pants off you, this may not be the best role for you. If you can use an ipad comfortably, you’ll be comfortable with the level of technological skills required.
    Reliable - Our shop can only be open when volunteers are there to run it, so while we know that things happen, we need shopkeepers who are basically reliable.
    Positive - the project is new and will involve some trial and error. To keep all our volunteers (and our committee!) motivated we like to operate in a friendly, positive environment. If your cup is usually half empty, it’s probably not the right fit. Half full? We’d love to meet you!

    Your availability:
    We are asking for volunteer shopkeepers to commit to 1-2 shifts of 4 to 8 hours per shifts. We have flexiblity to open the shop from early mornings till 6pm daily. Shifts will likely be: 8-12 noon, 10-2pm and 2-6pm. There will be some trial and error as we work this out.

    How we will support you:
    The Scullin Community Group is run by a large number of enthusiastic, skilled and active volunteers. As part of the team our volunteer shopkeepers will be welcomed, supported and helped in any way possible by the group, but particularly our volunteer coordinator.
    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.

The role: Volunteer 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 friendly, reliable volunteers to work for 4-8 hours a week as ‘shopkeepers’ in the Scullin Traders. You will be asked to take on the same shifts (1-2 per person) each week.

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.


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