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The part of the Earthtime website about the Up Project which you are at now still has useful information on but has not been updated since May 2018



How many people are there who would love to pass on their skills?  Are you one of them?  We are looking for volunteers who would love to get involved and sew, swish or sand.  Want to know more – then read on …

The Climate Challenge Fund are supporting Earthtime to deliver a targeted carbon reduction programme which encourages and supports people to buy less and repair more.   This in turn helps to save money and reduce CO2e levels.

Join our new team at Earthtime, Andy, Paul & Vicky, and volunteer to help deliver woodworking, sewing and swishing workshops.   You do not need to have bags of experience as training will be given.  Our volunteers just need to be practical and happy to talk to range of people, give out information, and have an interest in woodwork, sewing, clothes & books.

See below for which project you would like to volunteer with: Wood workshops; or Sewing workshops; or Swishes; or Eco-library.

If you are interested in volunteering with Earthtime please contact Vicky at


Working with re-claimed wood

Join our exciting project working with reclaimed wood.  Based at our Repair & Reuse Hub at West Lodge, Cooper Park, Andy, our wood guru works with small groups to help with either their own up-cycling or repair woodwork project or our planned workshops creating new items out of reuseable wood for example from pallets and whisky barrel staves.

Come and join us to  help others gain new basic woodwork skills and make simple items that can be taken home on the same day.

After each workshop we have a drop in session where Andy (and experienced volunteers!) will be available to talk to you about your reclaimed wood projects you might want to start or have some help with.  He will be able to talk to you about what to do next if you are feeling a bit stuck.

Your role as a Woodwork Volunteer with Earthtime would be to help …

  • Prepare any wood for the session (this maybe separate to the session itself e.g. breaking pallets).
  • Help participants (depending on experience).
  • Raise awareness of why we are doing this.
  • Tidy up at the end.
  • Evaluate the session.

 Sewing classes

Fancy sharing your hand-sewing skills or showing people how to use a sewing machine?  Repair a hole in item of clothing?  Fancy making your own bunting?  Learning to darn a sock? People have many, many skills and we are up for a full skill swap.  Are you?  All you need is bags of enthusiasm, and to be sociable, patient and happy working with and teaching people from a wide range of backgrounds and ages.

Your role as a sewing & skill swap volunteer with Earthtime would be to help …

  • Weigh the clothes to be repaired/upcycled.
  • Raise awareness of why we are doing this.
  • Help participants (depending on experience).
  • Tidy up at the end.
  • Evaluate the session.


“What’s a swish?” I hear you ask. Well swishing is taking the country by storm.  Basically, its swapping yer stuff.   They are easy to set up and when you’re up, you’re on your way …

Swishes can happen in all kinds of ways.  The most common events are with clothes.  These could be themed, for example children’s clothes, or women’s eveningwear.   Office clothes or sporting garments.  The Big T-Shirt Swish … now there’s an idea.   Anyone can set these up and whilst we will be arranging regular swishes ourselves, you can arrange your own and swish with your friends or fellow club members.

Your role as a swish volunteer with Earthtime would be to help …

  • Weigh the clothes/objects
  • Raise awareness of why we are doing this
  • Learn to deliver your own swishing events (optional)
  • Tidy up at the end
  • Evaluate the session

If you would like to help out with some of our swishes, have ideas for where to hold a swish or want help and advice to organise your own swish please email us at or phone 01343 541335.

Eco library

Earthtime’s eco-library is open every first and third Tuesday of the month at our West Lodge office in Elgin’s Cooper Park. Anyone can join as a member and borrow books on a wide range of ‘green’ subjects, from outdoor education to permaculture to natural crafts to environmental issues. A volunteer could help us check books in and out of the library, and chat to and advise borrowers on similar books. If you love books and would like to help out please get in touch!

If you are interested in volunteering with Earthtime please contact Vicky at