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TWAM is a Christian charity that collects unwanted usable tools, refurbishes them, sorts them into trade tool kits and sends them to the developing world for livelihood creation.  They send around 16 containers filled with a total of around 225 tonnes of tools every year.  These tools range from sewing machines and knitting machines to carpentry tools and mechanics tools.

A Local Group is a team of people who share a passion for livelihood, creating tools and get 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.  The 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:   

  • collecting tools from requests made by the general public through the TWAM website.   
  • promoting TWAM locally to generate your own tool donation requests. 
  • storing the tools and arrange collection by a TWAM van.   
  • sorting the tools so all broken and unsuitable tools are removed before the van collects. 
  • basic tool refurbishment as facilities and skills allow.   
  • visiting shows, farmers markets, local events etc. to promote TWAM and tool donation   
  • offering talks and demonstrations to churches and other local groups to encourage their support.   
  • working with your local Tool Ambassadors, Community Ambassadors and Community Champions to have a real impact on your community which may include fundraising to support the work of TWAM.   
  • offering support to other potential groups who need advice on how to set up and run a group.

You may not do all of these things, but they are examples of what Local Groups do for TWAM. This is an incredibly rewarding role as you are directly helping people living in ultra poverty gain the tools that will change their lives.

There are not too many volunteer opportunities where the role you do, 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 quite normal for people to recognise tools they have collected (usually large and unusual ones) being used in Africa in photos in the TWAM magazine. That’s the genuine difference you will make.

TWAM will provide training and advice.  They will also put you in touch with another local group who will offer advice and support,  You will  be invited to visit your nearest Refurbishment Centre and also be invited to Volunteer Days and Open Days. You will be included in the Local Group Network which will offer support and resources to all groups and help them stay in touch with each other.

You will be provided with leaflets, pull up banners, and promotional materials, plus a leaflet just about your local group for you to distribute.  All  materials will be provided for talks and, if needed, a projector and screen. You will have the support of the Volunteering Coordinator, Fundraising and Communications Officer, and Press Officer, and be offered your own promotional page on the main TWAM website.

TWAM will help with expenses, such as when needing to purchase grinding wheels for refurbishment, basic tools for refurbishment, and expenses if attending exhibitions. However, TWAM permit local groups to sell unwanted tools to help cover their own costs and most try to be self financing.  TWAM branded polo shirts and fleeces, will be provided

Finally, it is an amazing opportunity to build friendships, impact your community, and transform lives.

Skills

Local Groups need a Group Coordinator who will be first contact for TWAM.   

Ideally people who share TWAM's passion for tools and their desire to save them from landfill, who can speak passionately to neighbours and friends about TWAM.

You will need to be organised, a good team worker, supporting and sharing ideas that will get the group up and running and, keep it going.

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    18+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.

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Availability Details

Volunteers in their group can agree when to meet and to organise events and when to do preparatory work so the role is very flexible

Register your Interest

Interests

  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Emergency Response
  • Employment, Education and Training

Activities

  • Administration and Office
  • Computers, IT and Websites
  • Creativity
  • Fundraising and Finance
  • General Helping
  • Local Events
  • Marketing and Media
  • Practical Skills
  • Support and Information

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