What attracted you to volunteering for TWAM and to this role in particular?
I retired having spent 20 years as a lab technician and wanted to use my practical skills and experience to benefit a community organisation. I saw this role advertised through Volunteer Edinburgh and liked the idea of giving people the chance to learn new skills and lift themselves out of poverty.
What is a typical volunteering shift for you like?
My 20 minute journey in over the new forth crossing is lovely. I arrive at 10am and after a drink and chat, see what the days jobs are. I spend most time working on all sorts of old sewing machines, each with its own challenges, but also help with incoming donations and tidying the workshop. Lunchtime is a social time and the afternoon is quite short as we finish at 3pm
What is your favourite thing about volunteering?
I find it very satisfying making things work and knowing that having done so, they will go to someone who really needs them
And what has been one of your highlights?
I like a challenge and it feels really good when I start with an unpromising old wreck and end up with something that really works !
What would you say you have gained from this role?
New Friends, a Sense of purpose and a lot of practical knowledge!
Why would you recommend volunteering with TWAM to other people?
It's interesting, enjoyable and sociable. You make new friends. You can use the skills you have and learn new ones and know that what you do is helping people much needier than you