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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
Typical tasks may include
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
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.
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