Join our Local Groups movement

Fancy getting active in your local community and meeting like-minded people, all while making a genuine difference to people across the world? Join one of our WaterAid Local Groups, or set up your own!

What are local groups?

WaterAid's local groups are an essential part of our work. Made up of passionate volunteers, they bring WaterAid’s work to life in villages, towns and cities up and down the country. They raise funds for our work, take campaigning actions and raise awareness of the global water, sanitation and hygiene crisis.

Our local groups vary in size and the way they work. Some hold events each month, others may plan a handful of events each year. Volunteers come from all backgrounds, and are involved with activities as and when they have time. Each group is headed up by a Local Group Leader, who leads on the group fundraising events and acts as a link between the group members and WaterAid head office.

Our groups have three main aims:

  • Organise fundraising events such as sponsored walks, pub quizzes, wine tasting evenings, cake sales, bucket collections and music events
  • Build relationships with local organisations, community groups and schools, encouraging them to support WaterAid
  • Support WaterAid campaigns, lobbying their MPs or collecting petition signatures from the public

All the money raised by our groups go to a project in Mali, transforming lives through access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

A group of women from the village of Segou in MaliWaterAid/Basile Ouedraogo
Here, local people celebrate the soap they’ve made and will sell through our micro-finance programme.

Fancy being a part of this amazing movement? Find out how below!

Find your local group

Find a local group WaterAid

To connect with your nearest WaterAid Local Group, register your interest using our online form. If there is a group near you, we will be in touch to introduce you to them and get you involved with their activities.

Set up your own group

Running a WaterAid local group is a fun and fulfilling role with a global impact. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people in your community and gain new skills, all while taking a stand for some of the world’s most marginalised people. Setting up a new local group can be a challenging role, but you won't be doing it all on your own – we'll work with you to recruit volunteers and organise your first fundraising event.

To find out more about setting up your own WaterAid Local Group, check out our Group Leader role description. If you feel that this is the role for you, or if you want to discuss it in further detail, email Rebecca in the Community Fundraising team and she’ll be in touch.

What our Local Groups say

"Looking at the West Surrey Local Group I could see there were some really good fundraising events. When I first met the group they were very welcoming and I soon felt at home. It was made clear that members and help are welcome but they are not pressurised to take on more than they want."
Andrew Hill
"We enjoy the social side, meeting new people through our shared concerns. Our group works very well with members being encouraged to do what they're comfortable with and there are not too many committee meetings!"
Carolyn Neogi