Volunteer Collector


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

My father had been a mechanic and I spent half my youth searching for his ½ inch AF Spanner.  Although I didn't inherit his skills, I came to recognise the importance of tools to people's livelihoods.  When I retired I had time to spare, and I felt it was wonderful to help enable hibernating tools to be awakened, spruced up and match with people who wanted to support themselves


What is a typical volunteering shift for you like?

I love the very random nature or calls.  One day I can be called to pick up chisels which a regular supporter sharpens and fits into home-turned handles, then the next I can be picking up 3 sewing machines from places in 3 adjoining towns!


What is your favourite thing about volunteering?

It give me the opportunity to meet many generous and thoughtful people.  Despite what you might think if you read the press there is a lot of goodwill in this world!


What is one of the most unusual or funny things you have had to collect?

Perhaps not particularly unusual or funny, but you never know what you are going to find!  An innocuous-sounding ’shed of tools’ turned out to be a lifetime's collection from two families which ultimately filled the TWAM van!

What would you say you have gained from this role?

I think feeling that I am more in touch with the local community which could easily have been lost in retirement.

Why would you recommend volunteering with TWAM to other people

Its local but also global.  The tasks you are asked to do are never onerous and there is the knowledge that the more volunteers there are, the more the very important message will get out and about.  There is a vast amount of desperately needed equipment slumbering in the nations sheds and garages.   I help to liberate it and send it where it is so desperately needed!

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