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Kent Van Coordinator

What attracted you to TWAM and this role?

TWAM’s vision for helping the underprivileged by providing recycled tools really caught my imagination and spurred me on to get involved.  Initially I volunteered as a collector but was then asked to consider coordinating a TWAM van for Kent and East Sussex, a role which I was happy to take on to provide further support to the work TWAM is doing.

Tell us a little about a typical day?

I coordinate a team of 6 van drivers, including myself, together with some other volunteers we sometimes call on for help with loading.  My role consists mainly of organising the collection of tools from collectors and working out who will be driving.  This includes a rota for the handover as we share the van with Surrey and for trips to deliver van loads to the centre in Ipswich

What's your favourite thing about volunteering?

It’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.

What would you say you have gained from this role?

I have become far more aware of the need for a variety of tools in the developing world, and also the huge volume which are actually out there and would otherwise have gone to waste.

As the Van Manager what do you find most rewarding and most challenging about working with volunteers?

The most rewarding part has to be working with other volunteers and sharing companionship and fellowship with them. The most challenging is organising the drivers as they are all volunteers and will have other commitments and calls on their availability.

What do you think are the benefits of volunteering?

The benefit of volunteering for me personally has been to give me a God given purpose in my retirement to make a huge difference to so many people. Making this kind of difference in someone's life must be a real spur to anyone who has time on their hands and wants to use it in a good way.

And finally, in a brief sentence, why do you think people should consider volunteering for TWAM as a driver?

People should volunteer for TWAM to know that they are helping others to rise up out of poverty.   Volunteering on the Kent Van...well it's a great way to get to know the highways and byways of Kent and East Sussex and to enjoy some great scenery!

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