Women are Champions at RE:SOURCE!
RE:SOURCE is challenging women to take on volunteer roles traditionally filled by men.
Learning about and fixing up electrical appliances, furniture, bikes and running the warehouse at RE:SOURCE are volunteer opportunities that normally attract a steady stream of men.
To celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8, and its Pledge for Parity campaign, RE:SOURCE is launching a search for women to take up these roles and become champions for the organisation.
RE:SOURCE, which is part of national charity Addaction, repairs, refurbishes and sells unwanted furniture, appliances, bikes and other goods. It provides a real working environment for people in the local community to gain experience in a range of skills, alongside completing courses in areas such as financial management, confidence building and CV writing.
The Female champions would help RE:SOURCE encourage other women to gain experience in similar roles by sharing their experiences and supporting others who start volunteering in these areas.
No previous experience is needed, just the enthusiasm to give the roles a good go and encourage others to do the same. Flexible start and finish times can be arranged to fit in with childcare for the majority of roles.
The RE:SOURCE staff team has a nearly 50/50 split on gender and the senior management team is 75% women. However, of the volunteers who signed up in 2014/15 only around 18% were women and the majority chose to volunteer in administrative roles.
Retail Manager Rebecca Rapson said: “We’re very happy to welcome women to any of our volunteer roles, but are particularly keen to see more women taking up the chance to learn skills like electrical repair, bike maintenance or woodwork. Gender parity is extremely important to our organisation and we hope that the launch of the Female Champions will show we’re taking action to prove it.”
Jenny White, aged 29, from Bodmin, volunteered in the wood workshop at RE:SOURCE, to build up confidence and practical skills following a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and a period of clinical depression.
She said: “I know how to take watermarks out of tables and I know how to hang a door. At first you think ‘what would I use this for?’ but actually you are learning skills that you can use in everyday situations and now I can do shabby chic!”
“The very first week that we were in the warehouse there was an old dresser and it was horrendous, I had to sand it all down by hand as it had veneer all over it, but by the time I had finished it wasn’t a dresser any more, it was a chest of drawers and it looked absolutely beautiful. I was well impressed with myself, considering it was the first time I had done woodwork. It was a sense of achievement that I don’t generally feel in my day to day life so that’s why it has been good to be here because I can say ‘I did that.’” Read more about Jenny's story here
Sue Jenkins, aged 55 from Bodmin, volunteered in the wood workshop to gain confidence after workplace bullying in a previous job left her suffering from panic attacks. She said: “It has been interesting learning about the different types of sandpaper and how to do a job properly like sanding down a chest of drawers and the different staining and waxing, which was enjoyable. I’m doing a chest of drawers at the moment where the bottom was worn away and so I have put some more wood in and I am just planeing it down to get the drawer to sit in properly. I have sanded down the top and waxed it; and I look at it and think ‘that looks good’.” Read more about Sue's story here
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. This year, to mark the slow progress in some parts of the world, there is a Pledge for Parity campaign. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.
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