Stitch & Fix Lead Volunteer

Location: London

When: Up to three hours per month

Role reports to: Assistant Shop Manager

You will contribute to ending homelessness by

Leading our monthly Stitch & Fix sessions. This entails selecting relevant clothing items to fix and utilising sewing skills and experience to guide others to complete small repairs to either Shop clothes or their own. 

These sessions are run in our Crisis shops to create an inclusive, friendly environment where our Crisis members, members of the public and volunteers can learn and apply sewing skills whilst building confidence and creating social networks. We’re looking for somebody with a background in sewing and repairing clothes, who feels comfortable teaching basic sewing skills to a small group and creating a positive environment.

The shop team set aside items that need simple fixes such a lost button, a fallen hem or a slight tear and we work our way through the bag of donations together. Participants are also invited to bring something of their own that needs fixing if they would like to.

You’ll be supported by the Crisis shop team and Stitch & Fix Project Coordinator who will organise the sessions.

The sessions provide attendees with: 

  • Sewing skills to make repairs on Crisis donations as well as their own clothing
  • A space to learn more about Crisis, our work, and our training and volunteering opportunities
  • A space to feel connected to others 
  • Practical sewing and mending skills, and a willingness to share these skills with others
  • Excellent communication skills – a flexible approach which can adapt to complex needs and/or attendees from marginalised communities
  • Good timekeeping and reliability
  • A non-judgemental, patient, and friendly attitude
  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and maintaining boundaries
  • Positivity, productivity and a passion to help end homelessness
  • A commitment to comply with Crisis policies, including health and safety, data protection and code of conduct
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • A creative and supportive environment with an unlimited supply of fun and energy.
  • A comprehensive induction as well as ongoing training and support.
  • Travel expenses reimbursed and a hot drink from the Coffee Bar.
  • Facilitating a supportive environment where all attendees feel welcome, valued and able to engage with Crisis’ work – whether or not they feel comfortable to join in sewing activities.
  • Sending a brief written summary of each session to Shop Manager and Project Coordinator documenting numbers of attendees, items repaired and sharing any photos from that session (pending participant consent)  
  • Assessing what garment care is required to bring an item back to life through simple sewing repairs (hand-sewing only)
  • Guiding, teaching and empowering attendees to engage in sewing activities, being conscious of different skills and needs within the group
  • Working and communicating across Crisis team members
  • Maintaining an awareness of Crisis activities and services to promote and share with attendees

We expect volunteers to comply with Crisis policies including health and safety, confidentiality, data protection and code of conduct at all times. 

  • Travel expenses are reimbursed
  • We strive to ensure that our services are welcoming, remain relevant and are fully accessible to everyone that we help and support. We are particularly welcoming of volunteers from diverse and other marginalised communities, as this helps us ensure the best experience for those that we are here to help.  People who have lived experience of homelessness are also particularly welcome to apply.