Tools For Solidarity is an organisation run entirely by volunteers. Hence, we are intent on promoting volunteering. There are two core volunteers in Belfast – the magical Wood Brothers – John and Stephen -, and one in Downpatrick, Chris.
There are several ways to become a volunteer at our organisation.
1) We host many international volunteers, both trough the European Voluntary Service (EVS) and through the EIRENE programme, which is a German based initiative. All the details about the application process are available on the home pages of the projects.
– European Voluntary Service (EVS)
At the same time, we are happy to receive volunteers from all over the world from a wide range of projects and organisations. If you are interested in taking part in our charitable work, contact us and we discuss how you can help.
2) Many local volunteers have joined us over the years who want to make a difference locally and internationally. We provide opportunities for people in Northern Ireland to participate in worthwhile and valuable work. If you are from Belfast (or anywhere in NI), just give us a call or contact us directly! We also recruit volunteers through Volunteer Now.
I’ve been volunteering with TFS since 2005, I was addressed to the organisation by a social worker as a part of a rehabilitation programme after an illness I suffered.
Here I deal mainly with tools sorting, I also do some consultancy work and manufacture tools or machine parts if required. What I like about TFS is that we manage to give a new life to tools which were meant for the dump by their previous owners and make them of use for someone new. I do regret not to be able to spend more time here!
I got involved with TFS in December 2010, it’s the best organisation you could hear of plus is next to my house! Here I fix tools, make boxes, tidy up a lot… The positive side of this experience is that it gets me to do practical work and to learn new skills, on the other hand we do have too many meetings and sub-group meetings.
I started volunteering with TFS because I like to work with my hands and I don’t have so much money that I could give, so I decided to give my time. I manage and coordinate the workshop in Downpatrick. I like the fact that we refurbish and reuse tools and sewing machines which are otherwise thrown away. I especially like to work with people here. Unfortunately we do struggle to find funding.
3) Another highlighted aim of TFS is working with supported volunteers. For more information about this programme click here.