Costume Store Assistant for Gladrags Costumes

Gladrags Community Costume Resource

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Gladrags is a charity run mainly by volunteers, and you can be part of our dedicated team!

We are currently recruiting Front of House Assistants to our team of volunteers.

Volunteering with Gladrags is an opportunity to broaden your skill-set whilst giving to your community. In our very busycostume store we welcome groups and individuals who want to hire our costumes for shows, education, projects and sometimes fancy dress parties. Our Front of house team help customers orient themselves around the store and look after them as needed.All our costume hires are logged using photos, and customers details are taken down. Our front of house assistant helps with this in a number of ways and tasks are tailored to the volunteer’s level of expertise. Roles may be blended, according to organisational needs as well as your skills and interest.


Front of House volunteering includes taking photos on a tablet and checking those off as well as helping to put items away in the store. You will be meeting customers and other volunteers as we are a small team, so it would be helpful if you enjoy communicating with people.
Mending, sewing, ironing and steaming are very welcome skills and we offer training.
Tasks include assisting with: costume hire; costume care, costume repair and restoration; inventory and labelling; storage work.

Other positions that may be available and cross over.

Costume Styling Assistant if you are interested in costume styling and in gaining experience.

Vintage and Recycling: assessing and sorting donated vintage clothing, fabrics and costumes for giving away or for sale.

Community Outreach: helping us to run family dress-up and textile craft activities, reminiscence sessions with older people and sewing skills workshops.

Business Admin:  helping us with the systems involved in hiring out costumes


      1. working in a very friendly team, practising communication skill

2. working with interesting customers, working in a professional creative environment.

3. learning about costumes, fabrics and their history

Practical Considerations

Gladrags is in an industrial unit in a basement in Moulsecoomb. Buses stop very near by at Moulsecoomb Way. Our address is Unit 10, Westergate Business Centre, Westergate Road, Moulsecoomb Way, Brighton BN24QN.

The Gladrags store is open on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and 6pm. 

We are able to cover standard travel expenses (up to £5.30) and all volunteers are fully insured whilst working with us. We offer support and supervision as required, and additional training opportunities, including sewing skills development.

When do I need to be available?

Details We ask volunteers to work a minimum of 4-5 hrs a week and up to 3 days a week. For work placements or internships we are able to make further arrangements.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Unit 10, Westergate Business Centre
Westergate Road
East Sussex

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
    No wheelchair access at this time.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Up to £5.30 for travel
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
    We have free basic refreshments available.
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
    We invite school work experience students and young people may volunteer in their school holidays.
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
    After an interview only.
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    We have women and men working with us and also people under 18.
  • Support on Offer
  • Training