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.

Submit your idea

We will then call you back for a chat. If you are selected you will be invited to give a two minute pitch to our next Volunteer Assembly (see calendar below). If your pitch is successful, volunteers will come together in the coming months to help make it a reality! There is also a small budget available for material or snacks or any other relevant items.

Deadlines and time frame

Upcoming deadlines and time frames:

  • By Friday 10th September 2021 5pm for a pitch on the September Volunteer Assembly and a project happening over October/ November/ December 2021
  • By Friday 9th January 2022 5pm for a pitch on the January Volunteer Assembly and a project happening over February/ March 2022
  • By Friday 6th April 2022 5pm for a pitch on the April Volunteer Assembly and a project happening over April/ May/ June 2022

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

Confirmed dates for the next Volunteer Assembly coming soon.

How does it work?

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

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. For example, if you have a small budget and you want to be sure to have the thing you need by a certain date, that would be the better route for you to order what you need through our Tools For Life programme. It’s a programme where we pair mentors and trainees and they build things that benefit the Tool Library directly or other community groups like yours to help raise funds for the Tool Library.

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.

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.