Volunteering opportunity in UK

This call is for residents of Moldova, aged between 18-30 years. Interested candidates are asked to send their CV in and Motivation Letter to advit_team@yahoo.com before 08/06/2018 with the subject “EVS UK”

Tools for Self Reliance is a UK based charity, established in 1980. Our mission is to contribute to poverty reduction in Africa by working with partner organisations and our supporters in the UK to empower people to build viable and sustainable livelihoods through the delivery of technical, business and life skills training and through the provision of tools for their trades.

Tools for Self Reliance is situated in Netley Marsh which is on the edge of the New Forest, approximately 11km from the main city of Southampton and 4km from Totton.

From our headquarters in Netley Marsh, we aim to send five to six shipments each year to our projects in Africa. We collect and refurbish hand tools, hand and electric sewing machines as well as some machinery. The tools form part of a project and we provide the funds to enable the partner organisations to deliver training to the participants in country. We raise funds for the projects by a variety of methods of fundraising. These fundraising initiatives involve staff and volunteers alike all across the UK. We have 43 active refurbishing groups from as far afield as Aberdeen down to Devon and they support and contribute to our work in Africa. These refurbishing groups collect tools in their local area, refurbish them and either pack them in to kits or send the tools to Tools for Self Reliance headquarters in Southampton for inclusion in future kits.

The EVS volunteers will be based at the headquarters in Netley Marsh which is close to Southampton but they would have the opportunity to accompany the Group Support Officer on visits to some of the groups. Tools for Self Reliance has a small staff team of seven full time workers and three part time. We have around 780 volunteers in the UK, 130 of which are at Netley Marsh headquarters. They support our work in a variety of ways including tool refurbishing, giving talks to publicise our work, ebaying unsuitable tools as a fundraising initiative and attending events.

EVS volunteer tasks

Some examples of tasks which the EVS volunteers are involved in:

  • Tool refurbishing (cleaning) by hand or machine
  • Kit packing
  • Kit checking
  • Sewing machine refurbishing
  • Sewing machine packing
  • Palletising kits

Practical information: The volunteer will live in a five bedroom house which is on the same site as Tools for Self Reliance. The volunteer will have their own bedroom but will share communal areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and lounge with the other EVS volunteers. There are bicycles available for the volunteers to use. The volunteer will

work Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00 with a 30 minute tea break at 11.00 – 11.30 and one hour lunch between 13.00 – 14.00. The allowance is £65 each week. Volunteer annual leave is worked out on a pro rata basis. You will receive 25 days annual leave for a 12 month project plus all bank holidays.

For more information about Tools for Self Reliance and our work in the UK and Africa please visit www.tfsr.org or apply at https://voluntariat.md/call-for-participants/volunteering-opportunity-uk/.