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Hello, we’re Seagulls

Based in its home town of Leeds, Seagulls is a nationally recognized community enterprise that seeks to improve the environment through the recycling and reuse of paint materials; the creation of personalized work and learning experiences for disadvantaged people and groups; and the provision of low cost high quality paint products to the wider local community.

With people and the environment at the core of its business, Seagulls are well placed to educate and engage local people in the value and importance of reusing and recycling unwanted household materials.  The organisation has built a unique and creative local enterprise while consistently thinking outside of the box, both in their approach to business and people.  As a result, Seagulls has now acquired a national reputation as the leading social enterprise in paint reuse.

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We’re all about the people

Volunteering underpins everything we do at Seagulls. We developed and established Seagulls from our founders, Cat and Kate’s voluntary work on a local project. They grew Seagulls from a shared passion for social justice and green ideals.

Our staff team is predominantly made up of people who began as volunteers with Seagulls, or who still, after a long time, volunteer with us. This wealth of experience guarantees a friendly, supportive  and holistic atmosphere where short term volunteers flourish.

People volunteer at Seagulls for many different reasons and from many varied backgrounds. We provide a safe, kind and supportive environment for people to build confidence and learn new skills. Our volunteer programme, We grow People is funded by The Henry Smith Foundation and our trading activities.  So whatever you do with us, you are part of the Seagulls family and you are helping us to grow our people.

How to Volunteer with us

We take referrals from either support agencies or you can contact us directly. Seagulls is a messy (and cold in winter) place to work, so we encourage people to have a trial period before committing to a placement.

It is very simple to become a volunteer, just give us a call (0113 246 7510) or send us a message below. When we have volunteering places available you will be invited to visit us, we’ll take a few details and give you some information about Seagulls and how we work. You’ll be introduced to the staff and volunteer team and arrange a suitable start day.

If the referral is from a support agency we may ask for a face risk assessment.

We reimburse travel expenses and provide lunch. Our volunteering days are Monday- Friday 10-3.

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