There are lots of ways to volunteer at the Clevedon Community Bookshop. People are divided into different teams, the details of which are listed below. You may wish to volunteer with one, two, or even three! Any time you are able to spare will be put to good use.
If you have a skill that you think might be useful, but cannot see anything currently that matches it in the information provided on this page, please contact us to give us some details.
The Bookselling Team: Booksellers help with the day-to-day running of our shop on Copse Road, and work either a morning or afternoon shift. They accept and sort donations, price books, operate the till, and generally keep the shelves stocked and tidy. This role is ideal for someone with great people skills, who likes nothing better than to spend their time surrounded by books!
The Window Dressing Team: Every month the bookshop hosts a new window display, created by our wonderful window dressing team. New volunteers should be willing to get stuck in with paper, paint, glue, papier-mâché, felt tip pens … pretty much anything! Artistic ability is not necessary but certainly appreciated. You must also be willing to work from home when creating your masterpieces, but beware: Your kitchen table may suffer!
The Marketing and Publicity Team: Are you passionate about traditional bookselling? Do you want as many people as possible to know about the bookshop and the things we do? Then join our marketing and publicity team! We are looking for people with good communication skills, who are proactive in reaching out to the wider community. Responsibilities include upkeep of the bookshop’s website, contact with other local organisations and the media, and finally close coordination with the bookshop’s own teams.
The Book Scanning Team: Book cataloguing is essential to the smooth running of the bookshop. It allows us to see exactly what we have in stock, so that requests from customers can be dealt with efficiently. Volunteers are trained to use software that scans barcodes and ISBN numbers and stores this information in a database, which can then be accessed by other hubs. This role would suit someone happy to work with a computer (though no particular know-how is necessary!)
The Internet Cataloguing Team: Books catalogued for Internet selling are often without ISBNs, having been published before the early 70s when ISBNs were introduced. Cataloguing requires that all bibliographic details of a book are entered but also that the condition of the book is described in detail. Training is provided for volunteers interested in joining this team and cataloguing may be undertaken in your own home or in the Unit.
The Internet Selling Team: As well as having a ‘real’ shop, the Co-operative also runs an internet shop uploading its books for selling via AbeBooks, Amazon, and Biblio. Internet shop sellers process, package and post online orders from our Internet Shop near to the Bookshop. You must be happy to work with computers, be fastidious in following correct procedures and yet flexible enough to deal with unexpected requests and queries from customers.
The Unit 15 Logistics Team: Our shop in Copse Road cannot hold all of our stock, so currently we have additional storage in Unit 15, Tweed Road. Volunteers in this team are responsible for organising the stores, sorting and price checking donations, liaising with shop volunteers and assisting Internet Sellers, Cataloguers and Scanners. It helps if you are able to lift boxes and have a basic knowledge of computers and the Internet.
The Bindery Team: Our bookbinders repair books in the bindery, undertaking commissions for customers and restoring books that are worth saving, ready for sale in the shop. Training is provided by members of the Society of Bookbinders. You will acquire valuable practical skills and be involved in a fascinating craft. It requires good manual dexterity, close attention to detail and patience.
The Courses and Events Team: The bookshop hosts a number of events, workshops and short courses throughout the year, including children’s activities, storytelling, talks, and (of course!) creative writing workshops. This team is responsible for designing and managing the programme, as well as the running of events on the day and in the evenings. Volunteers should have good communication and people skills.
The Maintenance and DIY Team: As vital as any of our other teams, we require a number of people who can help keep the bookshop looking spick and span! So if you’re handy with a paintbrush, a hammer, or a wrench, please get in touch. Past tasks have included making and painting new bookshelves, and installing extra storage, but we never know what we may need in the future!