Volunteering


Volunteering allows you to give back to the community, as well as earning a discount on your shop!


Alfalfa House has a small number of paid staff and relies considerably on the help of our fantastic volunteer network in order to run smoothly. To volunteer with AH, you must be a member. We are always looking for volunteers to help out with a range of tasks including general refilling of produce & groceries in store, cleaning, gardening, recycling, administration, social media & content production, handy services such as a plumbing, electrical, carpentry, amongst other things. Volunteers are kept up to date with the needs of the store on weekly basis.

Volunteer discount

Volunteering two hours of your time earns members a 20% discount off the marked price of all goods (to be used in a single shop). If you are a permanent volunteer contributing eight hours or more per month, you will receive a 20% discount every time you shop with us.

Volunteer inductions

Before being able to volunteer, you must attend a 1 – 1.5 hour induction at Alfalfa House. The induction includes a guided tour of the shop and introduction to Alfalfa House policies & the volunteer code of conduct. Inductions are usually scheduled for the 2nd and last Saturday of each month.

Inductions for 2019 are as follows:

Saturday November 30th – 10:30am

Saturday December 14th – 10:30am

Saturday December 28th – 10:30am

Please email [email protected] to express your interest in attending an induction. On the day, ensure you are wearing closed in shoes.

Volunteer positions

We encourage all our volunteers to commit to a regular 2 hour per a week time slot if possible. Consistency is important as we rely on our volunteers for the daily running of the co-op. We do understand that this may not be possible for everyone – if this is the case for you, we also have adhoc shifts that do become available which you can apply for via our rostering system as they come up.

Regular Volunteer Shifts

Shifts in the shop are generally divided up into the following categories:

Produce shift – 8:30am – 10:30am (Mon/Weds/Fri)

Opening shift – 10am – 12pm (weekdays) and 9:15am – 11:15am (weekends)

Groceries shift – 9:30 – 11:30 (Thursdays)

Shop shift – 11am – 1pm and 3pm – 5pm (weekdays) 12pm – 2pm and 2pm – 4pm (weekends)

Closing shift – 6pm – 7:15pm (weekdays) 5pm – 6:15pm (weekends)

Other Volunteer Shifts

Volunteer & new member admin

General admin & invoicing

Composting & worm farming

Gardening

Laundry

Recycling & soft plastics collection & drop off

Pick up of goods from markets

Social media & marketing

Events organising

If you have already been inducted and are looking to commit to a shift, please come to the co-op, or contact us to talk to staff about what help is currently needed