Set up a local group

Set up a local group
Who can get involved:
Community-minded people and WaterAid fans!
Any location in the UK

We're looking for people who are enthusiastic and passionate about WaterAid to set up local groups and help us reach everyone, everywhere with clean water and decent toilets.

What's involved?

Setting up a new local group is an exciting challenge. And you won't be doing it all on your own – we'll work with you to recruit volunteers and organise your first group meeting.

We can also put you in touch with other WaterAid supporters in your area and help you promote your new group on social media and in the local press.

Our local groups come in all shapes and sizes. Most groups have a core of 3–6 members who regularly meet to plan events and activities, with other volunteers helping out at events and offering support when needed. 

Cambridge local groups pub quiz team raise money for WaterAid, UK, 2012.
Cambridge local group pub quiz.

No previous experience is needed but you'll need to be confident in leading group discussions and arranging meetings. We'll also provide you with support in managing the group, and resources to support your fundraising and awareness raising.

Role descriptions

Local groups generally require two ‘fixed roles’ who lead the group, so if you’re interested in volunteering in one of the following roles we’d love to hear from you:

  • Coordinator: the main point of contact with WaterAid and the person who arranges meetings and circulates actions.
  • Treasurer: the person who takes responsibility for collecting and banking funds and keeping a record of any expenses. You'll also need to set up a group bank account.

Set up a group

If you're ready to set up a local group, then contact Rebecca and the WaterAid Community Team at [email protected]

Tell us about your motivation, the area where you'd like to set up the group and what sort of help you're after, and we'll be in touch to welcome you to the WaterAid team and help guide you through the process!

Alternatively, if you're still unsure about setting up a group, just send us your queries and we'll be more than happy to help. 

Rebecca Parnell, Community Fundraising Officer, WaterAid UK.