Coventry Refurbishment Centre
Centre Manager: Ian Schoolar
Phone: 07719 634131
Address: 8 Lifford Way, Binley, Coventry, CV3 2RN
Opening times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30 - 3.30pm
We're a busy Refurbishment Centre operating out of two adjacent units and with our own van. We collect from across the Midlands, the North of England and Wales. We're never short of tools to sort and refurbish! We're a great team of volunteers who work well together and support each other. We have a laugh while we're working.
We're open three days a week but there are often volunteers around other days and if we had enough volunteers we would like to open more days.
We specialise in refurbishing sewing machines, assembling carpentry kits and sorting haberdashery, but we can put our hands to most things. We have a break area and provide tea, coffee, biscuits and sometime people bring in cakes. We like people who bring in cakes! Anyone can use any mug or glass and you can keep drinks cold in the fridge. Everyone shares in washing up. We've plenty of parking outside the units.
If you want to find out what we do and what you could do to help, please give us a ring or just pop in. It would be great to see you.
Welcome to Coventry
a few pictures of our centre. Scroll down for our volunteer opportunities
The Entrance to our centre
Our volunteer opportunities
We have the following teams:
Some of our volunteers stick to one team, but many help out wherever
Interested in joining us? Then here's what happens next:
The next step can be to ring or email us and arrange to pop in for an informal chat and tour. Alternatively you could fill in the online application form or download the paper copy. It's very short! After that we will take up references and if they are OK we'll arrange for you to come for an induction and discuss what you would like to do it. Then with a training session booked, you're all set to go!
Refurbishment Centre Manager (Volunteer)
What attracted you to volunteering for TWAM and to this role in particular ?
I had been into tools during my working life. I retired and becoming tired of daytime TV needed something to do. I saw an advertisement placed by Terry who then managed the Coventry centre looking for volunteers and so I started one day a week and as I got into it and enjoyed it increased the amount of time I was volunteering.
Terry lived near Kenilworth and was keen to start another centre there so when his church was looking for something for the older men to do this was an ideal opportunity. A portacabin was craned in and Terry moved over to manage the new Kenilworth centre and I took on the Coventry centre which I have now been doing for about 7 years.
Tell us briefly a little about a typical day for your at the centre
We open at about 9.30am and the day tends to start with just getting ready, perhaps emptying the van from the previous day, just making sure everything ticks over with the volunteers we have in, refilling the van for its trip to Ipswich. Every day can be different and I could be sorting donated tools or packing boxes or having a chat with a potential volunteer.
What attracted you to volunteering for TWAM and to this role in particular?
I relished the opportunity to support a Christian Charity working in the developing world in a practical way, rather than just giving money, and using my passion for DIY and woodwork. The TWAM centre was conveniently situated near to where I live and the Team were welcoming and happy to teach me the skills needed to restore any tools that I may not have been familiar with.
What is a typical volunteering shift for you like?
My role involves restoring and repairing carpentry tools, mainly augers, G cramps, screw drivers and set squares. I normally start around 9.30am and check with Ian the Centre Manager if there are any tools that we are short of for the current set of carpentry kits being prepared. Its then a question of checking what stocks we have on the shelves for the next set of kits and working to clean and sharpen the type of tools needed. I also help sort any tools that have come in to the workshop into different types and sizes, ready to be cleaned, repaired and sharpened. We all stop to have lunch together and my shift usually finishes about 3.30pm.