September Freeshop Volunteer

Following last year’s end of term collections at Edinburgh University, where we collected 11.34 t of items (equivalent to 128 t CO2e), SHRUB, in partnership with the Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA), are redistributing some of the collected items to new students on Wednesday 11th of September, during Freshers week. It is a whole day event where we try to redistribute as much as possible, engage with the public about climate change and the circular economy, run stalls to promote SHRUB’s activities and keep track of the weight of redistributed items.

Do you:

  • want to help reduce waste in Edinburgh?
  • want to help students get a good start to their year and engage with them about the circular economy?
  • want to contribute to an innovative sustainability project?
  • want to get a free lunch?

Main tasks

The Freeshop volunteers can engage with different aspects of the day:

  • Setting up (putting up tables, gazebos and ropes to guide queues during the day, and other promotional materials and equipment)
  • Running the Freeshop, including guiding and chatting to people in the queue, restocking the tables, weighing and logging outgoing items, public outreach, membership sign ups, donations/till.
  • Take down (wrapping up the day, taking down tables and equipment, checking everything we brought to the event gets back to SHRUB, and give ourselves a big collective high five!)

Practical details

  • Date: Wednesday 11th of September 2019
  • Location: Potterrow building, upstairs and downstairs
  • Setup shift: 8am-10am
  • Freeshop morning shift: 9:30 am-12:30
  • Freeshop afternoon shift 2: 12-3pm
  • Take down shift: 3pm-4pm
  • We encourage you to choose a shift you would like to help with, and if you can’t commit for sure, let us know in the form.


  • Quick email introduction: we will send you a short email introduction to let you know more about the Freeshop in details about a week before the event.
  • A general Freeshop induction will be provided the week before the event. If you are signed up, we will send you an email with more information at the end of August.
  • On-the-day training: we encourage you to come to the induction a week before, but if you can’t make it, we will take 20 minutes at the beginning of each shift to run you through you the tasks of the day.

How to Apply

Fill out this form to indicate your availability or email for more information using the heading “Freeshop volunteer enquiry”.