Volunteer Assembly

Edinburgh Tool Library
Volunteer Assembly 1
The Duddingston Conservation Society can now re-pot and sell plants in all weathers!

Have you got an idea that would be good for people? place? planet? or all three?! Could your good idea become a reality over a day or a weekend if only you had all of the below?

  • the tools
  • and the skills 
  • and human power

Then the Volunteer Assembly wants to hear from you!

We have tools, skills and human power*

Please submit your idea via the form below to get a chance to come and pitch it to our next Volunteer Assembly (see dates below). If your pitch is successful, volunteers will come together in the coming months to help make it a reality!

Submit your idea

*There is also a small budget available for material for the build or snacks for the volunteers or any other relevant items.

Deadlines and time frame

Project time framesSubmission deadlines
October to December 2021>22/09/2021
February to March 2022>11/01/2022
April to June 2022>07/04/2022

Upcoming deadlines and time frames:

  • For a project happening over October/ November/ December 2021, submit your idea by Wednesday 22nd September 2021 to pitch it at the next Volunteer Assembly taking place at Custom Lane on Wednesday 29th September 6 till 8pm.
  • For a project happening over February/ March 2022, submit your idea by Tuesday 11th January 2022 to pitch it at the January 2022 Volunteer Assembly
  • For a project happening over April/ May/ June 2022, submit your idea by Thursday 7th April 2022 to pitch it at the April 2022 Volunteer Assembly

We announce the shortlisting usually a week before the actual Volunteer Assembly.

You can submit your idea months in advance.

How does it work?

Once your idea has been submitted, we’ll review its feasibility. If our team of volunteers can help, you’ll be selected to come and pitch your idea directly to them at a Volunteer Assembly.

The Volunteer Assemblies are social events for our volunteers, so we have some food and refreshments before settling in to listen to the pitches.

You will have 2 minutes only for your pitch! We’ll send you advice on how to make the best impression.

Once the groups have pitched, the volunteers have about 20 minutes to ask them questions individually, and then we vote.

Once the project is chosen, our volunteers nominate a project manager who helps bring everything together, from budget, to design, to workshop access, while being supported by our staff team.

Once a plan is in place, all that is left is for our volunteers to come together, with tools and material, and do the build itself!

Past projects

Projects we have undertaken include making a set of giant musical instruments for Dads Rock, building a garden space with a Cyrenians community, reshaping the workspace of Bikes for Refugees, building a potting shed, outdoor furniture, and a shop for a community garden in Duddingston, as well as many others.

Not sure that’s for you?

Any questions? Drop an email to hello@edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk.

Reach out if you’re not sure about applying. We’ll give you a call back and help you figure out if this is the right opportunity for your idea. Very strong deadlines

For example, if you need something made by a certain date but have a bit of money, we might orientate you towards our Tools For Life programme. It’s a programme where we pair mentors and trainees and they build things that community groups like yours to help raise funds for the Tool Library!

Volunteer Assembly 2

Meet Dorothy our mascot

Dorothy the Chop Saw happily comes along to every outside build we do in the community. From bird tables, potting sheds, even a vegetable shop, with her power and versatility, Dorothy makes any project possible. Your donation will make sure this scheme continues to help both Dorothy and local communities thrive.