Costume Store Assistant for Gladrags Costumes


Gladrags is a charity run mainly by volunteers, and you can be part of our dedicated team! We provide costumes (8000 of them!) and related resources to community, educational and therapeutic based projects, to support and enrich their work.We offer very low cost costume hire, run a programme of educational workshops, and provide a dress-up tent and ‘Storybox’ activities at community events and venues.

We believe volunteering should be a rewarding experience and therefore we tailor a volunteer’s role as much as possible to suit you. You may be interested in clothing, costumes, sewing and want to help make items or look after our lovely costumes. You may want to help in more general ways in a creative and friendly atmosphere. You can pick out aspects of each of the following roles and combine them to suit your interest, skills and experience. 

Assisting in the Gladrags costume store with some of the following (depending on your interest and ability): costume hire; costume care, costume repair and restoration; inventory and labelling; storage work.


We are looking for people who are interested in clothes, especially theatre costumes and vintage. It would be helpful if you are able to describe them in writing (as all costumes are listed by hand before being hired out). There are also opportunities for those who are not secure in writing and reading if they enjoy handling clothes.

You will be meeting customers and other volunteers as we are a small team, so it is helpful for us if you enjoy communicating with people. Mending, sewing, ironing and steaming are very welcome skills and we offer training in all the above.

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  • Arts, Heritage and Entertainment
  • Employment, Education and Training


  • Administration and Office
  • Creativity
  • General Helping
  • Practical Skills


  • Age/Gender Restrictions
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Restrictions
  • Support on Offer
  • Training


When: 03/07/2018 - 03/07/2019


Further information about availability

We ask volunteers to work a minimum of 3 hrs a week and up to 3 days a week. For work placements or internships we are able to make further arrangements.

Benefits to the volunteer

- learning about costumes, their fabrics and their history

- working in a very friendly team, practising communication skills

- working with interesting customers, working in a professional creative environment

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 or Wednesday between 10am and 3pm and on a Thursday between 10am and 6.30pm. We are now also open on Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

We are able to cover standard travel expenses 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.


Where possible, we offer volunteering opportunities with support for disabled people and people with additional support need

We have had training in how to support people with additional support needs. We are a very busy store, so would recommend a visit and a trial shift. We are currently not able to accommodate wheelchairs.


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