Design and Commissions Volunteer August 20, 2018 10:37

We are looking for a Design and Commissions Volunteer to join our friendly team on a short-term basis.

Location: Battersea, SW8
Working hours: Ideally 3 days per week; 6 hours a day, for a 3 month period
Application deadline: Friday 7th September 2018 at 12 noon.
Expenses: Reasonable travel and lunch costs reimbursed


Fine Cell Work is going through an exciting time to grow revenue generated opportunities. This is a great opportunity for a creative, organised, details oriented person to gain valuable experience and hands-on knowledge of working in a dynamic and forward-looking charity.

Role overview

We are looking for a volunteer to help the Design & Commissions Team to deliver high-quality bespoke projects to paying customers, and to expand the collection of handmade cushions and other products available to buy.

The role will incorporate completing specifications forms for new products and commissions, maintaining spreadsheets and writing instructions for stitchers. It will involve assisting the Design & Commissions team with the production of samples for new products e.g. sourcing materials, arranging screen/digital printing. The role will include some computer artworking and conversion of designs into needlepoint charts. 

Skills and Experience

We are looking for someone with a real interest in the aims and ethos of Fine Cell Work and in textiles and embroidery. Experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe is essential, and the volunteer needs the ability to maintain and organise digital data. We would like someone with good interpersonal skills who can work both independently and as part of a team.

A qualification in textiles and/or embroidery and experience with working with other volunteers would be desirable.

What we offer

This is a great opportunity for a graduate to gain valuable and intensive design and commissions experience in the field, playing a key role in a dynamic and creative textiles enterprise with an international reputation. It is an exciting time for the charity as we have just moved into a new space and opened the Fine Works Hub – working with ex-prisoners in a workshop environment. We are working on a diverse range of high profile commissions and expanding our range of hand made products.  We provide an induction and regular supervision and support sessions with your line manager to ensure you are getting the most out of your volunteering.

How to apply

Please send a CV and brief covering letter explaining why you think you would be suitable for this role and what benefit you would gain from it to writing REF: Design and Commissions Volunteer in the subject line.