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 firstname.lastname@example.org before 13/01/2019 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
Sewing machine refurbishing
Sewing machine packing
These tasks will necessitate working alongside retired people from the local community, people from other countries, and people from diverse backgrounds, occasionally, with young people from local schools and colleges and adults with learning difficulties. This will meet objectives regarding cultural and intergenerational diversity, understanding of learning styles, as well as gaining practical, problem solving and team working skills.
The desired outcome for the volunteer will be to improve future employment, return to education and development prospects through the acquisition of skills and practical experience.
Tools for Self Reliance value the opportunity to offer as many different experiences and learning opportunities to the volunteer during their EVS project. We appreciate the flexibility to incorporate their skills and interests in to their weekly activities. In our experience, the EVS volunteers who come to Tools for Self Reliance are young
people with very little or no work experience and this experience may be the first time they’re in a work environment. Through their day to day working, they will learn effective communication skills and safe practices. During the day to day work preparing shipments for Africa and learning refurbishing skills with the daily volunteers there will be
occasions where the volunteer will work as part of a team or on their own. Both of these situations require different skill sets. When working independently on a task, the volunteer learns to problem solve, recognise when they need to ask for guidance and seeing a task through from beginning to end. When working in a team, they will learn or
enhance skills such as listening to other people’s opinions, putting forward suggestions and task planning. All of these new skills lead to an increase in confidence and self esteem as well as job satisfaction. They are also lifelong skills which will be beneficial to the volunteer in future further education, work and social settings.
Personal project: The volunteer has the opportunity to develop a personal project which will take place from month 5 – 10. This is encouraged by Tools for Self Reliance, and time during the week as well as support will be allocated. The personal project will incorporate the volunteers’ skills and interests. It will give the volunteer the opportunity to use these, practice previously acquired skills and develop new ones. It will require the volunteer to use skills such as developing realistic ideas, task planning, using your initiative and problem solving. Staff and/or daily volunteers will be available to support the projects should it be wanted or required.
In our experience, the personal projects which have been developed in the past few years have related in some way or another to Tools for Self Reliance. However, there have, on occasions been a personal project where it was completely independent of our objectives as the volunteer wanted to do something very different to their normal tasks and gave them wider access to the local community. We try to be as flexible as possible when the volunteer makes their suggestions as we want them to have experiences which will enrich their life as much as possible. Learning wood turning skills and teaching a group of adults with learning difficulties refurbishing skills are a couple of personal projects which have been carried out by previous volunteers.
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