Wood-working group leader

We are currently looking for a group leader who is willing to give three or four hours a month of their time to co-ordinate our small wood-working group that meets in Tadcaster, one afternoon a month. Advanced wood-working skills are not essential, it's more important to us to find someone who is friendly, understands the importance of community spirit, and values environmentally-friendly approaches to activities.

What Tadcrafters Community Interest Company does
Tadcrafters is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, based in Tadcaster, dedicated to helping people to make their community stronger by helping local people work on projects together, and creating items that are donated to worthy causes from surplus materials. It is run entirely by volunteers.

The purpose of the Role
As the group leader of the TadGrafters woodworking group you will represent and co-ordinate a small group of volunteers and the projects that they work on when they meet once a month. As a team you will safely create items made from wood such as hedgehog lodges, bug hotels, and bird-boxes which will then be donated to worthy causes. The purpose of the group is to bring together volunteers in an informal, social and relaxing environment to build a network of support within the local community.

Skills or experience required?:

Your responsibilities
You will be the person to bring the volunteers together as a team and also be the link between the organisation and the benefactors of the items made e.g. wildlife charities, local organisations. With support from our directors, you will be responsible for ensuring that activities are carried out safely, but in an enjoyable and co-operative atmosphere. The venue, and tools are provided. You will be encouraged to source repurposed materials wherever possible as Tadcrafters encourages the use and promotion of environmentally friendly practices whenever reasonably practical. This should take around 3-4 hours per month, but more if you would like.

• Co-ordinate and run the monthly workshop sessions
• Be responsible for the safe operation of activities
• Discuss and plan projects with volunteers and beneficiaries
• Co-ordinate distribution of donated items
• With support, source materials used in projects
• Record attendance and donations for company records
• Write a short paragraph for inclusion in the monthly newsletter

The applicant
We require someone with an outgoing personality who enjoys working with wood and appreciates the importance of safety and promoting environmentally-friendly practices. We also need someone with the ability to use basic digital technology e.g. email
The following skills are also desirable:
• wood-working
• health and safety/ first aid qualifications (but we will offer training)
• ability to use social media
• ability to network with local community groups and partner organisations
• professional skills that might contribute to the development of the organisation

Other information
Currently the group meets at The Barn in Tadcaster once a month, usually on the second Wednesday, 1-3pm.

This opportunity is suitable for: Wheelchair users
Frequency of opportunity: Ongoing
Can this opportunity be home based?: No
What are the areas of interest?: Practical
Type(s) of cause supported: Animals, Environment, Local community, Mental health, Older people
Where is the opportunity located?: Selby
Includes out of pocket expenses?: Yes
How many hours per week is this opportunity?: 3-4 hours per month
You can volunteer for this opportunity at the following times: