Wesley Owen want you — but they don’t want to pay you, they want you to volunteer, which is nothing new in the Christian sector.
They also want you to know that they’re a worthy cause: 100% Charity, apparently. So no commercial or business interest, then? No competing with other retailers? I find myself wondering what, exactly, we mean by the term ‘Charity’ in today’s world: as Melanie Carroll from Unicorn Tree Books, Lincoln, asked in a recent tweet, “Is it fair for charities running commercial & retail businesses to compete claiming 100% charity?”
But alongside those questions I’m also intrigued by a little snippet at the bottom of their Volunteer Leaflet: “IBS-STL U.K. will soon be re-named Biblica.” No doubt there’s some strategic — and 100% charitable — rationale behind this which will be revealed in due course. Another tweet from Melanie, however: “they can rename it anything they like – a rose by any other name – but if they ain’t fixed the problems it won’t matter anyway!”
And finally, some good news for would-be Wesley Owen volunteers: “You don’t need any special skills or experience as you will receive on-the-job training and support…” — but to be on the safe side: “Literacy, numeracy, enjoyment of meeting people and an interest in Christian books and music will stand you in good stead…” Application form here.
(H/T to the anonymous ‘Christian Bookseller’ who pointed me towards the Wesley Owen Volunteer Search: thank you.)