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SOFA - Suppliers of Furniture and Appliances

Housekeeping Assistant

About the opportunity

Volunteers are needed to keep our sales area neat and tidy and to display furniture and bric-a-brac attractively. Work includes sorting bric-a-brac to ensure items are suitable for display, disposing of unsuitable items safely and dusting and cleaning. Awareness of health and safety is desirable but training will be given.

The project offers a supportive working atmosphere with a strong sense of community. Volunteers receive varied work experience and on the job training with the aim of assisting people back into paid work. The project also helps with this by providing support with job applications and CV writing. There are also potential opportunities to complete NVQs and other formal training.

Housekeeping Assistants will;

- Sort bric-a-brac and ensure items are suitable for display
- Keep the sales area neat and tidy
- Display furniture and bric-a-brac attractively
- Dust, clean and polish furniture
- Sort and tidy curtains and bedding
- Clean and tidy other areas as required
- Dispose of and recycle unsuitable items of furniture and bric-a-brac safely

About SOFA

Sofa is a Registered Charity originally set up to provide low cost furniture to those in need with additional benefits of providing work experience and training for individuals seeking employment. Just as important now is our role in recycling and re-use by making effective use of donated furniture and reducing landfill.

What are we looking for?

A positive and friendly attitude, a willingness to learn new skills and to work in a cooperative manner is essential. Previous experience and qualifications are not required but are useful. All volunteers must be able to manage their own responsibilities and work under their own initiative. Volunteers cannot be guaranteed to be supervised at all times. They must also be able to work as part of a team and possess good communication skills to deal with members of the general public. Above all else volunteers must be reliable and committed to the project.

Practical Considerations

From Loughborough railway station head towards the town centre over the canal bridge along Nottingham Road. SOFA is located on the right, on the corner of Clarence Street.

From Loughborough town centre walk towards Derby Road. Turn right onto Derby Road and then turn left onto Nottingham Road. Follow Nottingham Road down until you reach Sofa on the left, on the corner of Clarence Street.

SOFA is part of the LeicesterShire & Rutland Re-Use Network.

SOFA is a member of the Furniture Re-Use Network - a national organisation which supports, assisits, and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. For more information on their work and on furniture re-use in general please visit frn.org.uk.