Job Vacancy at SUSSED

SUSSED Wales Ethical Retailer, Porthcawl, requires...

Graduate Trainee, Supervisory Ethical Retail Assistant

Funded by Sustainable Wales and Jobs Growth Wales (c.28 hours) Initially for six months with view to extension.

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A unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual to help a community enterprise develop and flourish as part of a sustainable future.

Training will be provided. Volunteers will assist.

The part-time role requires supervision of retail sales in shop, at events and online of our ethically selected goods. Volunteer coordination, till management, administration and IT skills will also feature.

Responsible to Directors of SUSSED and Sustainable Wales Trustees. 

Support document (more information on the role)

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Calling all bakers! Autumn Fairtrade Bake Off 12 November

SUSSED on James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG

SUSSED on James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG

Sustainable Wales is holding a fairtrade bake off at the Green Room (above SUSSED) in Porthcawl. We're inviting bakers, schools and local groups to dust the fairtrade flour off their aprons and get to work baking for this flavoursome event.

So whether you're an enthusiastic baker or an even more enthusiastic cake connoisseur, make a date in your diary for the bake off... Saturday 12 November 10am-4pm

Find out all the details on the bake off page!

Additional Volunteers wanted for our community cooperative, SUSSED

Additional SUSSED Volunteers Wanted

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.

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 a say on how SUSSED operates and grows, at AGM’s plus volunteer meetings.

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.

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.

Here is the information as a PDF which you could use as a poster etc.

Check out the SUSSED website to find out more about what we do. SUSSED is on twitter as @sussedwales and instagram as @sussed_wales (links are on the main SUSSED website).


George Jabbour, Conservative candidate for Bridgend at the Senedd May 5 election, is the first electoral hopeful to visit Sustainable Wales’s ‘SUSSED’ shop in Porthcawl.

George Jabbour & Margaret Minhinnick discussing fairtrade SUSSED

George Jabbour & Margaret Minhinnick discussing fairtrade SUSSED

 Director, Margaret Minhinnick said: “All candidates, from Green to UKIP, Labour or other parties are urged to visit SUSSED, a community enterprise that specializes in local, organic and fairly traded goods.

 “We are delighted that George Jabbour has called in, and urge the others to do so by May 5. (See photo attached)

 “George is supportive of Fair Trade, and was pleased to help celebrate 'Fair Trade Fortnight’, which ends on March 13.  Mr Jabbour also purchased another pair of the shop’s unique bamboo socks, already an E Bay bestseller across the UK”

 George Jabbour, who is facing First Minister Carwyn Jones in the election this May, commented “I also attended the Fairtrade Breakfast at Trinity Church in Porthcawl.  The breakfast was organised by Porthcawl Fairtrade Town Partnership.  The event which took place last Saturday (5th March) morning was very successful with many local people participating”.

“As a community, it is important we support local enterprises and champion fair trading as this will bring more prosperity to everyone: the producers, the retailers and the consumers.”

Margaret Minhinnick added: “Community enterprise creates local jobs and enhances distinctiveness. Thus I challenge all the other candidates to pop in, share a cup of fair trade tea or coffee and convince our volunteers why we should vote for their party.”

More information: Margaret Minhinnick 01656 783962 / 773627