Driving the TWAM vans
Steve - South East Van Coordinator (right)
"TWAM’s vision for helping the underprivileged by providing recycled tools really caught my imagination and spurred me on to get involved. t’s probably meeting with the many other collectors, who are also volunteers and witnessing their dedication to what they are doing for TWAM. I find this a real blessing."
Keith - South Central Van Coordinator (left)
"I retired quite early, at 56, but didn't want to just sit around doing nothing. I had a background in Engineering/Supply chain and general management, and when I visited Ipswich and saw the scale of the operation, I schedule the drivers and loaders for these."
Driving the TWAM vans
We have a fleet of four modern vans and will be purchasing a further van for our new Northern Hub soon . They can be driven on a standard UK driving licence. This volunteer role is not just about driving vans, but visiting collectors and members of the public to receive donated tools. It also means helping load the vans, especially when collecting from someone elderly. We do need our drivers to be friendly and helpful as sometimes you will be collecting from the recently bereaved who are donating their husbands shed full of tools. A local collector should be on hand to help, but it does mean an 'all hands on deck' approach.
The Ipswich van collects from the East of England and the Eastern home counties. Paul, our Volunteer Coordinator organises the schedule and tries to keep the van on the road five days a week. The journeys are varied and a great opportunity to feel part of the TWAM family supporting the main Refurbishment Centre. The van regularly visits our Coventry, Halstead and Frinton centres.
The Coventry van collects from the Midlands and the Western Home Counties and into Wales. It's a busy van, supporting the Coventry Refurbishment centre. It's a small friendly team and a great opportunity to travel across the UK and support the collectors. The team here is led by Nigel.
South East Van Team
We have a van based around Maidstone in Kent. It's regular schedule is to collect locally on one day and deliver to Ipswich the next day. This is great, as the drivers get to meet the bigger team while they are up in Ipswich. Steve coordinates the Kent team.
South Central Van Team
We have a van based around Guildford in Surrey. It goes as far west as Bristol and its regular schedule is to collect on one day and deliver to Ipswich the next day. This is great, as the drivers get to meet the bigger team while they are up in Ipswich. Keith coordinates the Surrey team.
Northern Van Team
The Northern van is a new addition and is based around Redcar. It covers the Northern part of the Country including all our collectors in the North East and North West. The van schedule is to collect one day and then take the full vans to Coventry the next day. Occasionally it delivers direct to Ipswich. Mark is the van team coordinator.
We always need more drivers, so if you think you are suited to this role, please get in touch or apply online.
Drivers will receive an induction to our vehicles, go out with an experienced driver to ensure they are confident driving our vans and receive a TWAM branded polo shirt and fleece. Drivers licences are checked and photo copied annually. For the safety of our drivers, all our vans are fitted with trackers.
A role description is available here