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Local Group Member

Tools with a Mission

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A Local Group is a team of people who share our passion for livelihood, creating tools, and getting together to collect tools from their area. Many also arrange tool collections at local supermarkets, DIY stores and garden centres.
Many also offer talks to local community groups and even speak on local radio.
Some groups sort the tools before arranging collection, and some even do some refurbishment, such as grinding off rust and fixing loose handles.
To start, you need somewhere to store tools, such as a vacant garage or big shed and the enthusiasm to gather together like-minded friends. Our local groups have a great community spirit and are a huge support for TWAM.
There are so many possibilities as to what the group might do, but the main tasks usually undertaken are:
1. You will collect tools from requests made by the general public through the TWAM website.
2. You will promote TWAM locally to generate your own tool donation requests.
3. You will store the tools and arrange collection by a TWAM van.
4. You will sort the tools so all broken and unsuitable tools are removed before the van collects.
5. You will do essential tool refurbishment as facilities and skills allow.
6. You will visit shows, farmers markets, local events etc., to promote TWAM and tool donation
7. To encourage their support, You will offer talks and demonstrations to churches and other local groups.
8. You will work with your local Tool Collectors, Volunteer Speakers and Community Champions to have a tangible impact on your community which may include fundraising to support the work of TWAM.
9. You will support other potential groups who need advice on setting up and running a group.
You may only do some of these things, but they are examples of what Local Groups do for TWAM.
The Group Coordinator takes on the ground responsibility for the group and is the main point of contact with the Head Office.
For more information, please visit our dedicated volunteering website https://twamuk.goassemble.com/opportunities. You can also ring our Volunteering Coordinator Paul on 01473 210220 or email Pauld@twam.uk

Fundraising,Marketing, PR & Media,Administration,Community Work

Admin, Basic IT skills - internet & email, Creative & Design, Managing People

Local Groups need a Group Coordinator who will be the first contact for TWAM. They need people who share our passion for tools and our desire to save them from landfill. Ideally, people who can speak passionately to neighbours and friends about TWAM. We are looking for well-organised people who can work together, support each other and share ideas that will get the group off the ground and keep It going.

This is an enriching role as you are directly helping people living in ultra-poverty gain the tools to change their lives. There are not many volunteer opportunities where your role will make a direct difference to people thousands of miles away. However, the tools the local group collects will be in the hands of a trained tailor or craftsmen in Africa, potentially within months. It is normal for people to recognise tools they have collected (usually large and unusual ones) being used in Africa in photos in our magazine. That’s the genuine difference you will make.

Flexible as every group will be different

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