Have you always wanted to work in a bike shop? Or are you just a naturally helpful person? Or do you like to make sure everything is Just So?
You could be just what we’re looking for! We need regular volunteers to help out in our shops – particularly Byker and The Journey. We asked our Byker shop’s manager, Jake, what sort of things people could help with, and here’s his list:
- Talk to customers and give them advice about bikes. This could be for their own bike, or bikes they’re looking to buy.
- Minor mechanic work – stuff like raising a saddle to the correct height, adjusting brakes, attaching accessories, etc. We’ll give you training in all this, and make sure that you know when to just shout for the shop’s qualified mechanic to take over.
- Helping to keep the shop clean and safe. Bike shops always seem to breed mess, and if it isn’t kept on top of, it can really take over.
- Sorting through the stock of secondhand parts we generate, and putting them in the right places. Customers leave things in the wrong drawers, mechanics from the workshop do likewise, stuff gets damaged, etc. It all needs constant checking and appraising – we have a place for everything, but is everything in the right place?
- Taking payments, handling cash, card reader, etc. Again – we’ll train you on how all this works.
- Anything else Jake asks of you.
What skills do you need for all this? Well, bearing in mind that we’ll train you on the important bits, it’s more about attitude than outright skills. You need to be friendly and approachable, with a positive attitude. You need to be interested in bikes, and support Recyke y’bike’s aims. Finally, you need to be reliable and trustworthy.
What’s in it for you? Well obviously, you get a sense of doing good, plus discounts at our shops. Most of our staff started out as volunteers, and many of our volunteers have gone on to work at other bike shops. So if you’re looking to get into the bike business, this could be a great place to start. Similarly, if you’re looking to build your CV, voluntary work is a great way to boost your experience, and show you’re keen and willing. Around a quarter of our volunteers are retired – they volunteer because they still have a lot to contribute, and working with a charity is a great way to stay connected. So there’s something for everyone!
If all this sounds like just what you’re looking for, please fill in our volunteer application form, and we’ll get in touch!