Job Title: Shop Managers
Location: Sandford-on-Thames Talking Shop
Two posts are available as a job share, of
(a) 19.5 hours per week (either Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday)
(b) 13 hours per week (either Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday)
Talking Shop is a community-owned volunteering organisation, with volunteers aged from 9 to 80, set
up to provide a hub to bring local people to get together and to deliver services and resources that
were lacking in the area. We won Best Community Project in the Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary
Action awards in 2013 and 2017, and Plunkett’s ‘The Little Things’ award in 2018 for working to
tackle loneliness in an accessible and effective way. We started with the Saturday market in 2011 and
after four years of hard work, we were able to create our own space, The Talking Shop, in a new
extension to the Village Hall, Sandford-on-Thames.
Usually we run a community hub from here: a drop-in space where everyone is welcome, with a café
and convenient ‘corner shop’, workshops and community education programmes, pop-up restaurants
and lots of other ways to get people together. We deliver the shop & café and lots of our other
activities through a structured volunteering programme in which people can build skills, confidence
and new friendships, learning at their own pace. Currently with restrictions in place to manage the
pandemic we are running the shop Monday to Saturday, doing ‘Walking Shop’ home deliveries and
‘call & collect’ and working to introduce takeaway food.
Talking Shop is a project that brings people together. As a group we have defined how we look after
each other and how we work together.
Open to Everyone:
Everyone is welcome just as they are. Everyone has something to offer. Everyone has a say and
a right to be listened to. We ensure it is easy to get involved.
Support Each Other:
We respect difference and embrace diversity. We avoid judgment. We encourage, support and
take care of each other. We make time for people. We allow everyone to give what they can,
when they can. We recognise every effort and contribution.
Create Opportunities to Learn:
We create a safe space to build confidence and skills. We enable people to share skills,
knowledge and experience, in particular across generations. We build local partnerships and
For the Community, For the Long Term:
We are committed to health, good food, fair prices and environmental sustainability. We
support local producers. We actively encourage growth and fresh starts for individuals and for
our local economy.
Proud to do the Best We Can:
We provide top quality customer service, products and resources. We are valuable, relevant
and meaningful for our community. We achieve the most when we work together and have
We’re a small team, and that means each of has to work in unison with other team members, both
paid staff and volunteers. We work together every day to solve problems and provide a community
hub that makes a difference. We take great pride in the collaborative, vibrant culture we’re building
together, in the service we provide to the local community, and in the example we set to other
In order to meet the values of the project, all Talking Shop staff will have the following core
• Promoting inclusivity
• Building and maintaining relationships
• Developing people
• Business development
• Excellence and innovation (continuous improvement)
About the role
Purpose: You will be responsible to the Talking Shop Board for the day to day operations of our
community shop. You will ensure sustainability in line with the project’s stated mission and aims by:
meeting financial targets; supervising and supporting staff and volunteers; ensuring that the shop is
compliant with relevant legislation.
Working hours: The job is offered as a job share of
(a) 19.5 hours per week, three successive days (either Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to
Friday) 8.30-3.30 with 1/2 hour lunch
(b) 13 hours per week, (either Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday) 8-3.30 with 1/2 hour lunch
In addition to these hours, there will be a monthly staff team meeting lasting approximately one hour.
We are also looking for one of the post-holders to take Team Coordination responsibilities which
would be a further 1.5 hours per week, timings to be negotiated.
Applications are invited for any of these options, by individuals or pairs wishing to job share.
Pay: The annual salary will calculated from a rate of £11 per hour to reflect the job share hours.
Full job details:
You must be eligible to live and work in the UK.
How To Apply
Please send your CV with covering letter describing how you fit the role, to Abi on
firstname.lastname@example.org (please don’t apply through Facebook).
Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 21 August 2020