Clothes Aid seeks 100 collectors in Scotland

Charity is running radio and press adverts to recruit teams of four with their own vans

Clothes Aid collectors
Clothes Aid collectors

The collections company Clothes Aid is planning a recruitment drive to find up to 100 new clothing collectors in Scotland.

Clothes Aid will run adverts on Capital FM Scotland and in The Scottish Sun for an open day where it will recruit door-to-door clothing collectors, according to a spokeswoman for the organisation.

William Gallacher, charity collections manager for Scotland at Clothes Aid, said it was looking for up to 100 people, who would all be self-employed.

He said they would not need experience in collecting clothes but would need to come in teams of up to four and have their own vans. "We give them full induction and training over three days," he said.

Gallacher said teams would be paid by the tonnage of clothing they collected. The job adverts say teams could earn up to £1,800 a week.

Asked if this could encourage collectors to take bags intended for other organisations, Gallacher said he had never encountered the problem.

"We want to open five warehouses in Scotland," said Gallacher. "The first warehouse was opened in March 2011 and the second one in June. We’ve got another three to open and we need a workforce to do that."

He said that Clothes Aid had collected about 220 tonnes of clothing in Scotland since the first warehouse opened last March.

The spokeswoman said the company had raised £133,000 from March to December 2011 for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland by carrying out clothing collections on its behalf in Scotland.

She said it started carrying out collections for the NSPCC in Scotland in January, but figures for how much had been raised were not yet available.

Clothes Aid would be carrying out collections for the NSPCC’s ChildLine in Scotland from April, and for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in due course, she said.

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