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Charity Trustee (voluntary)

Job Title: Trustee  
Responsible to: Chair of the Board 
Responsible for: Strategic guidance and challenge 
Location/departments: Newport, NP19 0RD 
Contract: 3 years 
Annual Salary: Voluntary (expenses paid), training available 


Wastesavers is a third sector group that offers a range of recycling, reuse and education services in South Wales. We are an environmental organisation whose aims are to reduce the amount of material going to waste and to benefit the local communities of South Wales. We currently run the kerbside recycling for Newport, as well as commercial recycling services to business across South East Wales. We operate 10 reuse shops at council recycling centres, in town centres and on retail estates, as well as IT recycling, a nappy library, PEAK alternative education provision and a comprehensive volunteering programme.  

Job Role: 

Charities and their volunteer trustees play an increasingly important and influential role in the economic, social and governmental development of their locality.  Wastesavers Limited and Wastesavers Charitable Trust Limited (“Wastesavers”) is seeking new trustees to join them at an enormously exciting time.  

Wastesavers is a charity and a social enterprise. This means we run our operations like a normal business but our reason for existing is to help the environment, educate and work with people to improve human well-being rather than maximizing profits. Profits are important, we use those profits to re-invest in our businesses and people and also to demonstrate how social enterprise can be a significantly effective business model.  

The organisation is run along two distinct operations.  

  1. We undertake on behalf of Newport City Council the kerbside collections of recycling household waste.   
  1. We operate an increasing number of retail outlets throughout south Wales and provide charitable operations such as the PEAK project . We support a range of activities at the Reuse Centre and provide environmentally led educational services to local schools and communities. 

We have a focussed, active and vibrant volunteer board that has an active role in overseeing the running of Wastesavers. We now seek additional trustees that are able to contribute for at least three years to our future development. 

The board meets monthly (mostly online) where we review the financials, activity against targets, approve large scale expenditure and discuss items of significance. The board sets the direction and tone of the organisation, and the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for delivering the boards strategic direction. Wastesavers have over 100 unpaid volunteers contributing their time and expertise throughout the organisations and 130 paid staff work who on the kerbside collection operation and throughout our retail shops. Management time is shared across the enterprises.  

We welcome individuals with a variety of experiences and those new to the role of a Trustee are especially welcome. Your involvement will enable you to understand how a multi-million pound company operates and gain valuable experience in areas such as governance, business planning, compliance, IT, security and, critically help shape the environmental and social future of our planet. 

We are an influential, successful widely admired and progressive enterprise that has bold ambition.  If you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a wish to help others, then we should have a conversation. Expertise is always welcome but with passion and commitment and a relevant knowledge base we can start to chat. Students to retirees, we all have something significant to share and contribute. If this sparks an interest, send an email to and we promise a warm response. 

Training is available for Trustees who feel they have a gap in their skills or knowledge. The board regularly reviews their own development needs to ensure they stay up to date with the requirements of the role.  

We welcome applications from women, people from an ethnic minority and those aged between 18 – 50, who are under represented on our board.  We are also keen to encourage people from the areas of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil CBC, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen to apply to ensure we are representative of the communities we serve.  

More information about our charity can be found on our Website here; Recycling in Newport ( and also our Facebook Pages here:


Job Title:Reuse Shop Assistant
Responsible to:Area Manager
Responsible for:The day to day operation of a reuse shop at the Reuse Shop in Penallta, including sales, cash management, stock, reporting and management of volunteers
Location/departments:Reuse Shop, South Road, Penallta Industrial Estate, Hengoed, CF82 7ST (cover at other WCTL sites may also be required)
Job purpose:To manage the shop, to increase the volume of material sold through the shop, to liaise with volunteers and recycling centre site staff.
Salary:£21,255 per year pro rata
Hours of work:22.5 hrs a week over 3 days to include Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday working on a rota basis

Wastesavers is a third sector recycling group that offers a range of recycling, reuse, education and training services in South Wales, based around waste management and recycling. We are an environmental organisation whose aims are to reduce the amount of material going to landfill and to benefit the local community. We are looking for a Reuse Shop Assistant to join our team to maximise shop sales and profits, and to help manage the day to day running of the Reuse Shop in Penallta, including working with volunteers. The successful applicant will deal with customers on a day to day basis and manage volunteers in a busy environment, whilst also liaising with Caerphilly staff who will assist in accessing items for reuse.

This is a part time role which will involve weekend and bank holiday working on a rota basis 3 days per week. Some additional cover during the working week may be required to cover sickness and holiday periods.

Job Role:

  • To proactively work with Recycling Centre staff to source stock intercepted at the HWRC sites.
  • To sort and record all stock coming into the Reuse Shop and to work with volunteers to ensure stock is sold through the appropriate outlet
  • To supervise volunteers that will assist in running the shop


  • To keep the shop organised and stock items displayed clearly and attractively in order to maximise sales
  • Ensure that the high standard of service to customers that is expected by Wastesavers and Caerphilly County Borough Council is maintained at all time.
  • Actively support any fundraising activities and promotions
  • Implement promotions in the shop as directed
  • Actively encourage the public visiting the shop and HWRC sites to visit the Reuse Shop

Shop Appearance:

  • Maintain a high standard of presentation, both inside and outside the shop and storage areas
  • Achieve and maintain high standards of housekeeping, organisation and cleanliness throughout the shop premises


  • Actively encourage the public to donate saleable stock and promote other local reuse collection services for larger items
  • Manage, in conjunction with the civic amenity staff, the quantity and quality of stock being intercepted
  • Ensure there is adequate flow of stock from storage areas to the shop
  • Select & price stock at a consistent level in accordance with Wastesavers guidelines

Staff and Volunteers:

  • Work with the Area Manager to ensure the shop runs effectively
  • Create an organised a pleasant working environment for staff and volunteers
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers comply with Wastesavers policies
  • Ensure equality & diversity polices are adhered to

Administration and Security

  • Ensure all relevant administration is completed on time
  • Ensure all financial, cash handling and security procedures are adhered to
  • Hold the shop keys, ensuring that the shop is secure whenever it is left unattended
  • Notify the Area Manager in the event of suspected theft or dishonesty by any member of staff or volunteers
  • Complete all required back office IT systems processes

Health and Safety:

Provide a safe environment that protects all staff, volunteers and the public

Comply with all Health and Safety regulations as per the Wastesavers H&S Policy

Report any maintenance or Health and Safety issues in the shop to the Area Manager.

To work independently and as part of a team

To report to the senior management team

To carry out any other reasonable management requests

Any other duties as appropriate

Clean driving license and access to a car is desirable.

Person Specification

Skills and Experience 
Good level of general educationDesirable
IT literate and numerateEssential
Product knowledge and understandingDesirable
An understanding of current gift aid legislation is also highly desirableDesirable
Previous retail experienceEssential
Experience of working to and achieving sales targetsDesirable
Experience of working with PC tills and EPOSEssential
Experience of cash reconciliation and financial controlsEssential
Some experience of administration / back office organisation is desirableDesirable
Skills & attributes 
Excellent customer service skillsEssential
Strong leadership and motivation skills with the ability to build and motivate a team of volunteers to successfully achieve targeted income.Desirable
Excellent communication and relationship building skills with the ability to build rapport with people of differing ages, backgrounds and cultural origins.Essential
Commitment, enthusiasm and high energy levelsEssential
Strong organisation skillsEssential
Able to work under own initiative and take a proactive approach to changing business needs and objectives.Essential
Ability to work and flourish under pressureEssential
Personable and hands-onEssential
Committed to achieving the highest retail standards at all timesEssential
Results driven but with recognition of right result, right way.Desirable


Furniture and/or IT operatives (voluntary)

We have a variety of opportunities at our IT and furniture reuse showroom.

These provide an ideal chance to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills and work in a friendly team helping people in need.

Full training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

Salary: Voluntary

Hours: Various

Location: Reuse Centre: 138-140 Chepstow Road, Newport NP19 8EG

Contact: Saffron Doney on 01633 216 855 or email

Volunteer Drivers Mate

Our REUSE Centre in Newport requires a volunteer drivers mate. 

If you like to get out and about and enjoy a certain amount of physical work this could be a great opportunity for you.

This is an ideal chance to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills and work in a friendly team helping people in need.

Full training and a supportive environment.

Salary: Voluntary

Hours: To suit you

Location: Reuse Centre: Phoenix Park, Newport NP19 0LW

Contact: Saffron Doney on 01633 216 855 or email

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