Cowdenbeath Refurbishment  Centre

Centre Manager: Rob Isbister

Phone: 01383 511704  

Address: Unit 3, Block 4, Woodend Industrial Estate,

Cowdenbeath, Fife  KY4 8HW

Opening times: Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 3pm. 

We're a small but very busy unit.  We have just taken on a new role within TWAM of being the first tool kit only assembling centre.  This means we only collect a limited number of tools, which we sort and refurbish so we only send down to Ipswich completed tool kits ready to go out to Africa.  We refurbish all sorts of tools, sewing machines and computers.

We have a modern unit, with an office where we have a fridge for refreshments.  There is plenty of parking outside.

We're open two days a week, but with extra volunteers are looking to open four days.  We're always looking for new people to join our friendly team.

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 Cowdenbeath

a couple of pictures of our centre, please scroll down for our volunteer opportunities

Tools kits ready for dispatch
A front view of the centre
A front view of the centre
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Our volunteer opportunities

For a description of each the volunteer roles available please go to the Join our Workshop Team and Join our Van Team pages.


We have the following teams:

Tool Sorting and Welcome Team

Tool Refurbishing Team

PAT Testing and Power Tool Team

Tool Kit Assembling Team

Sewing Machine Refurbishing Team

IT Refurbishing Team

Van Drivers and loaders

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!

Interested in joining us?  Then please apply online or download the application form here.

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What attracted you to TWAM and to this role in particular?

Scotland’s regional manager met my wife by chance some 7 years ago and suggested that I join TWAM.  After some years, the branch was looking for a replacement manager. I didn't feel capable of this role but with our foreman (now assistant manager) and accountant by my side, I have managed so far!

Tell us briefly a little about a typical day for you at the centre?

I answer calls and emails referring to collectors or HQ, arrange purchases and payments for things  not dealt with by the accountant and I might visit the bank or the metals reclamation centre with the trailer.  I also help look after the kitchen and wash room and if I still have time after that may do some tool refurbishment or metal separation work.   


Refurbishment Centre Manager (Volunteer)


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What attracted you to TWAM and to this role in particular?

TWAM was suggested to me as a great place to volunteer by a social worker who was trying to help me get back into paid employment.  I thought it was a really good idea to help a charity with my skills and knowing I am helping someone have a better life, but to help myself at the same time by giving myself more confidence by socialising with other volunteers.


What is your favourite thing about volunteering?

I enjoy working with other volunteers as we work as a team and combine our skills to achieve positive outcomes.


Why would you recommend volunteering with TWAM to other people?

I would recommend people to volunteer with TWAM as it gives a great opportunity to socialise with others.  It also gives you a great opportunity to put your own skills to work again, being able to work at your own pace and to  feel comfortable and happy whilst doing good.

Tool Refurbisher



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