Gaining work experience at SUSSED

SUSSED Community Cooperative based in Porthcawl supports short-term internments for local Sixth formers.


From left to right, Director Margaret Minhinnick, Cian Sparrow, Nia  Eastment , Jessica Townsend

"Work - placements for the borough's young people comes around annually and we try to support this school initiative at SUSSED. Luckily some join the regular volunteers and come along afterwards and  offer their time during the summer holidays, building experience and adding to their CV’s.” They learn a lot about ethical purchasing and the benefits of supporting a strong local economy” said Margaret. 

Cian commented  "I have worked as a volunteer before and I recommend the experience very strongly to anyone my age. The benefits are countless,  we learn new skills as well as making new friends and the experiences are lifelong."

Nia said that “I  wasn’t 100% clear about the fair-trade campaign, but now see its importance - 

  • A fair and secure price to the producer
  •  No child labour
  • Safe working conditions
  • Protection for the environment
  • Rights for women

Jessica added “It allows us to interact confidently in new situations and working in the fair-trade movement helps us expand our knowledge".

Volunteers Wanted...

SUSSED on James St. Porthcawl

SUSSED on James St. Porthcawl

Are you looking to make new friends, to increase your confidence, or to advance your cv?

SUSSED are looking for enthusiastic, friendly and reliable individuals, to work in our community cooperative shop, SUSSED, for a few hours a week. You would be helping customers purchase both Fairtrade and eco-friendly items, as well as locally sourced goods.

What will I be doing?

Welcoming customers.

Operating a till, and handling money.

Dealing with customers’ requests and queries, including taking orders for new stock.

Explaining the background and the significance of the items we stock to the customers.

Helping to reorganise and restock the shop when necessary.

Help at some events.

What skills and qualities can I bring to this role?

Good communication skills.

A welcoming and friendly nature.

A passion and understanding of the Fairtrade initiative and other ideas linked with the sustainable development movement.

The ability to work well with others, in small groups of volunteers.

When will I be needed?

Opening hours are from 9:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Saturday. Days and hours are flexible, depending on your preferences, and the availability of other volunteers, with volunteers usually electing to do a minimum of 4 hours a week (either in the morning or afternoon).

Where will I be volunteering?

4-5 James Street (near the bandstand in John Street), Porthcawl, CF36 3BG.

What will I gain from the role?

Develop valuable skills, (useful for your CV), make new friends whilst supporting producers both in the developing world and in your locality.

What support will I be given?

Training will be provided about shop procedures, as well as what it means to be a community cooperative that stocks Fairtrade, local and eco-friendly goods.

 As a volunteer, you will also become a member of the cooperative SUSSED, which will entitle you to a 10% discount (except on food, local and toiletries) as well as have a say on how SUSSED operates and grows, at AGM’s plus volunteer meetings.

More information on volunteering.

Contact Details

Telephone: 01656 783962

SUSSED is a unique project, with nothing like it between Cardiff and Swansea. Through promotion of such independent retailers, we believe it’s possible to reverse recent trends of declining town centres, instead creating busy, diverse high streets with distinct cultures – all of this possible without costing us the Earth.

Note: If you are not interested in the shop aspects, we have several other volunteer roles available, including admin, finance & events management. Please enquire for more details.




SUSSED, Porthcawl’s eco-chic community cooperative, is looking for enthusiastic, friendly and reliable individuals, to help develop the business or work in the shop.

You would be joining our team of volunteers supporting ethical business development, volunteer participation, outreach or customer sales.

Days and hours are flexible, though a minimum of 4 hours a week is required, either morning or afternoon, and training is provided.

We sell a unique range of both Fairtrade and eco-friendly items, as well as locally sourced goods. Offering a wide selection of foods, gifts, crafts, clothes, accessories, household goods, books and bags.

The project offers support to local schools and community groups with fairtrade stalls and talks and offers schools work-based placements for older children. It also provides office space for the charity, Sustainable Wales. 

A passion and understanding of the Fairtrade initiative, supporting the local and other ideas linked with the sustainable development movement would be helpful. Skills in marketing, communication, IT and accounts would all be helpful.

Call into SUSSED, 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl, or email or tel.01656 783962  Contact

Margaret Minhinnick