Do you want to get active in your local community, meet like-minded people and make a real difference to the lives of people in the countries we work in?

If so, why not join one of our fantastic local groups, or set up your own! It's a great way to help people in some of the world's poorest communities transform their lives.

Why local?

WaterAid's local groups are an essential part of our fundraising and awareness raising work in the UK. They give us a vital link to communities, raise funds and awareness, and act as local ambassadors for WaterAid.

Being part of a global movement through local action is one of the most powerful ways we can tackle poverty head on and change the world.

We understand that it's hard to find time to volunteer regularly and are happy for you to be involved at different times of the year to fit around your lives.

The one thing the groups have in common is people who are passionate about WaterAid's vision of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation.

What do local groups do?

Our local groups vary in size and the way they work. Some groups hold events each month and others may plan just one or two events each year. Volunteers come from all backgrounds, and are involved with activities as and when they have time. 

Generally, groups try and do some (or all!) of the following:

  • Build relationships with local organisations, community groups and schools, and encourage them to support WaterAid
  • Plan and hold fundraising events
  • Raise awareness on World Water Day
  • Campaign and collect petitions
  • Support and/or represent WaterAid at local events
  • Generate publicity, for example in the local newspaper
  • Inspire others in their area to get involved by becoming WaterAid speakers and talking to school-children, church-goers, youth groups, etc
  • Promote WaterAid's national initiatives, campaigns and events, such as WaterAid200