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Coordination / Projects volunteers needed for Transition Town Reading in RG1

Repair Cafe is a monthly event where members of the public can come along to get help to repair any items (electronics, electrical, mechanical goods, clothing, computers, tools and more). A team of volunteers help guests repair items. Where possible the guests are involved in carrying out / learning about the repair of the items. The events are free but we encourage donations. We also offer tea coffee and homemade cake for donations.

During 2017 the new volunteer(s) would support the existing coordinators, who are planning to step down at the end of the year due to other commitments.

It is currently all one role, but in this description we have split it into three areas in case a team of people would prefer to run the project together.

Community venue coordination

  • Identify communities and venues where Repair Cafe could run.
  • Liaise with community organisations who would like a repair cafe
  • Book venues
  • Plan the programme of events and venues for the year ahead
  • Manage the budget for Repair Cafe

Promotion

  • Develop posters and flyers, both general and event specific where appropriate and ensure they are displayed in the most appropriate places for each event.
  • Engage with community organisations hosting events (and other relevant organisations in the neighbourhood of the event) to ensure they promote the events as well.
  • Set up a Facebook event and promote through as wide a range of online channels as possible. (we have a list of regular places but you may know of others)
  • Manage the Repair Cafe Facebook page

Volunteer management

  • Recruit and introduce new volunteers to repair cafe
  • Communicate with volunteers leading up to events to ensure we have enough volunteers
  • Manage the volunteer Facebook page to engage with volunteers
  • Organise meetings to update volunteers and involve everyone in decision making
  • Organise one or two volunteer socials per year

Attendance at events – at each event we have one or two non-repairers (usually the coordinator) there to welcome guests and also support the volunteers by ensuring they have refreshments, take breaks and anything else they need. This would be a role probably taken on by all coordinators if there was a team.

Baking for each event is a role the coordinators have taken on – a nice extra but definitely not essential! 🙂

Contact person firstname
Rachel Goater, Repair Cafe Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Mobile?
07733247573
Location address line 1
rLab
Line 2
Unit C1 Weldale Street
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 7BX

Map
Location description
Repair Cafe runs in various locations around Reading, but rLab is our most regular venue. Some work will be carried out from home.
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
All of these times
Date description
Events take place on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Event organising can take place at a time to suit the volunteer
Task type?
Coordination / Projects
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedSociableCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Induction and working alongside current coordinator.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
We are looking for one or two people to help the current coordinators throughout 2017, with the intention that the new volunteers would take over in 2018, by which time you would be very familiar with the role.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel expenses and parking when necessary
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
No
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
16
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
3
Opportunity added on
15 March 2017

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