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Volunteer Van Driver/Loader

Volunteer Van Driver/Loader

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    Ipswich, Suffolk

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    over 2 years ago

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Brief Description of TWAM and what we do

The charitable work of Tools with a Mission is to collect unwanted tools, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them across the world for livelihood creation. We send around 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of tools every year. To do this we rely on a national volunteer workforce and welcome people of all ages and abilities and of any faith and no faith.

We do this because we want to support local people supporting their own communities through sustainable livelihood creating projects. We believe there is dignity through work and the ability to provide for yourself and your family. We believe entire communities can be transformed through training and the provision of tool kits and equipment. As a Christian Charity, we believe that God's heart reaches out to the poor and that He calls us to follow His example. Our motivation is to work with faith and non-faith based organisations to be a refuge for the poor, a safe place to find support, hope and dignity through the provision of tools and equipment

General Description of Role and Location (s) available

The role of the driver is to drive one of the 3 TWAM vans around the relevant area to collect loads of donated tools from TWAM collectors or members of the public who have large amounts to be donated. The role of the loader is to assist the driver with loading the tools onto the van and unloading at the relevant refurbishment centres.

Whilst the 3 vans cover England and Wales and up to Cowdenbeath, due to the logistics of the collecting the van, prospective volunteers realistically need to be in reach of one of our four van Hubs (Kent and Surrey share one van) which are in Ipswich, Coventry, Maidstone and Farnham in surrey

When Role is available

Generally we would expect this to be a role which is done during the daytime Monday to Friday. However due to the way the Kent / Surrey Van operates there may be opportunities to drive outside of these hours in this area.

Typical tasks / more itemised description of the role

  • Driving one of the TWAM vans on a defined route to collection points
  • Helping load the van at the visits and with the loading and unloading of the van at the refurbishment centre
  • Carrying out relevant pre and post trip checks and recording in the journey log

About the person / Skills needed

You need to have a friendly and welcoming personality and be willing to spend long periods working alone (there will not always be a loader). You need to be a competent driver ideally with a clean licence (although some minor motoring offences may be acceptable) and we will normally ask a new driver to undergo a driving assessment. You need to enjoy driving and be happy to travel long distances. You need to be reasonably physically fit for either role as the loads of tools can be heavy.

What we offer / what the volunteer can learn / gain from the role

We provide a full induction and a volunteer handbook on starting. The induction will include all van checks. We will normally ask all new drivers to go out at least once with an experienced driver. You will have a named contact within TWAM for any questions or problems and further training can be provided as required. You will also be given a TWAM Polo Shirt and Fleece to wear.

From the role, you will gain a warm satisfaction at the difference you are making to peoples lives. You will also have opportunities if you wish to learn new skills. We will provide a reference if required for a future employer or other organisation

Other Requirements

This role would need a minimum age of 18 years old. There is no maximum limit. Ideally we would like volunteers to have a clean driving licence. However some small motoring offences would be considered.

Some criminal convictions may debar you from this role due to the fact you may meet members of the public and including juveniles on some pickups from individual donors. Each case is considered on its merits.

How to apply

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