We are SEAGULLS
We take discarded paint that’s destined for landfill and pass it on to our customers at an affordable price.
We ensure nobody is ever priced out of the benefits that colour can bring.
Paint is only part of our story…We’re proud to be a social enterprise. Funded by the profits from our sales, we provide training, volunteering and employment opportunities people across Leeds, we like to give people a second chance when others don’t.
Volunteer at Seagulls We’re all about the people
Volunteering underpins everything we do at Seagulls. We developed and established Seagulls from our founders and their voluntary work on a local project. Seagulls grew from a shared passion for social justice and green ideals.
Our staff team is made up of people who began as volunteers with Seagulls. This wealth of experience guarantees a friendly and supportive atmosphere where volunteers flourish.
People volunteer at Seagulls from varied backgrounds, for many different reasons. We provide a safe, kind and supportive environment for people to build confidence and learn new skills. Our volunteer programme, We Grow People is as important to us as the paint. In short, whatever you do with us, you are part of the Seagulls family.
At the heart of our work is a passion to rescue waste materials from landfill, for the good of the people of Leeds, and the planet as a whole.
With every tin we save, we’re spreading the word of recycling and reuse, and reducing carbon emissions along the way.
Like we said, it’s never been just about paint.
Learn more about our partners, PaintCare UK and Leeds City Council:
Watch the award-winning short film by Ben G.Brown:
As well as appearing in the award winning short film, Ruksar, one of our long term employees featured in an article from the Guardian weekend supplement. Read all about his journey as a colour blind paint mixer.
Volunteering opportunities in Leeds: How to Volunteer at Seagulls
We take referrals from 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 creative volunteering places available we will invite you to visit. Taking a few details and giving you some information about Seagulls. You’ll then be introduced to our staff and volunteer team, whilst we 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. Our volunteering days being Monday-Friday 10-3.
Meet the team
I’ve been at Seagulls since February 2011, I’ll be honest, I knew nothing about Seagulls before applying for the job, I didn’t even know there was such thing as recycling paint, but since I joined I have met some of the kindest people you could ever wish to meet and made many fantastic friends. That’s the real reason WHY I LOVE SEAGULLS!
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