Opportunity Code: VH104-10166
Closing Date to Apply: -
Purpose: Nationwide 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.
The charity sends around 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of tools every year. They invest in local people supporting their own communities through livelihood creating projects such as skills training centres.
The role of the Volunteer Van Driver is to drive one of the charities vans around the North East of England to collect loads of donated tools from the charities collectors or members of the public who have large amounts to be donated.
These tools are then taken to one of our Refurbishment Centres where they are refurbished as necessary and put into tool kits which are sent to the developing world for livelihood creation.
Driving one of the charity 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.
Time needed from Volunteer:
No minimum commitment per week, although once established it would be good if all drivers were able to offer one day a week. To be discussed and arranged with charity.
Skills Experience & Qualifications:
You should 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 also need to be reasonably physically fit for either role as the loads of tools can be heavy.
Charity will provide a full induction and a volunteer handbook on starting.
The induction will include all van checks.
The charity will normally ask all new drivers to go out at least once with an experienced driver.
You will have a named contact within the charity for any questions or problems and further training can be provided as required.
You will also be given a Polo Shirt and Fleece to promote charity to wear.
Must be 18 to 75 years of age.
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