A Local Group is a team of people who share our 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.
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 likeminded friends. Our local groups have a great community spirit and are a huge support for TWAM.
What will you be doing?
There are so many possibilities, but the main tasks usually undertaken are:
1. You will be collect tool 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 until 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 basic tool refurbishment as facilities and skills allow.
6. You will visit shows, farmers markets, local events etc. to promote TWAM and tool donations.
7. You will offer talks and demonstrations to churches and other local groups to encourage their support.
8. You will work with your local Tool Ambassadors, Community Ambassadors and Community Champions to have a real impact on your community.
9. You will offer support to other potential groups who need advice on how to set up and run a group.
Local Groups need a Group Coordinator who will be 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.
TWAM will provide training and advice. We will also put you in touch with another local group who will offer advice and support.
We will invite you to visit your nearest Refurbishment Centre and invite you to Volunteer Days and Open Days.
We will include you in the Local Group Network which will offer support and resources to all groups and help them stay in touch with each other.
We will provide you with leaflets, pull up banners, and promotional materials. We will also provide a leaflet just about your local group for you to distribute.
You decide when you meet, collect tools, and carry out refurbishment. Most groups meet 2-3 days a week between them.
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