Tendring Tool Refurbishment
Contact: Peter Simpson
Phone: 07470 912382
Open hours: Friday 9.30am-1.00pm
We are an independent workshop that supplies tools to TWAM, operating from a refurbished portacabin and barn on a farm in the Beaumont area. We also collect tools in the local area.
We aim to bring men together and enjoy friendship and fellowship together. If you would like to join our team please contact Peter for more information. The unit is situated at Beaumont just two miles outside Thorpe Le Soken.
We also have a Haberdashery Team which meets once a week in the home of a volunteer during the week. They sort materials and produce up to 70 haberdashery kits each week. These are sent out with every sewing and knitting machine.
Many craft items produced are sold locally to raise funds for TWAM which are then used to purchase items for the haberdashery kits like scissors, tape measures and needles that are not often donated but are critical to Haberdashery packs.
Our volunteer opportunities
For a description of each the volunteer roles available please go to the join our Workshop Team pages.
We have the following teams:
Interested in joining us? Then here's what happens next:
Tendring Tool Workshop is an independent group supporting TWAM. If you are interested in volunteering with them please contact them direct for a chat or to arrange a visit. Their email is:
Independent Refurbishment Centre Manager (Volunteer)
What attracted you to volunteering for TWAM as a Centre Manager ?
I had previously volunteered at the TWAM centre in Ipswich but was finding it hard to encourage other volunteers to make the trip and I soon found my car becoming full of tools, so I decided to look for a site for a local centre to store tools. When I found this site it become obvious that it would also make a great place to refurbish tools and offer the opportunity for some activity and friendship to the many local men I came across when volunteering and collecting for TWAM.
Tell us briefly about a typical day for you at the centre
We start at 9.00am on a Friday ( the only day we are currently open). Most of the men have their speciality in which they are competent so they set themselves up in their workspace. Mid morning we have a break for coffee and biscuits and sometimes cake and then carry on with what we were doing previously. Other weeks the roles change over and there may be restocking, packing or investigating of special items or better methods of restoring.
As a volunteer yourself, whats your favourite thing about volunteering?
I love the opportunity to be able to reach out, mainly to retired men, to offer them interests which enable them to build up friendship and fellowship together and help one another. The fact that the finished product is used to rebuild the lives of thousands in Africa is a double bonus. Also, collecting donated items and the conversations that grow from these visits is amazing and uplifting!
What attracted you to volunteering for TWAM and to this role in particular?
I had been a BT Engineer in my past working life so this seemed like an ideal opportunity to use the skills I had gained from my career whilst helping a very worthwhile cause at the same time.
What is a typical volunteering shift for you like?
It's a great atmosphere as there always a lot of laughter and friendship. We each have certain tasks that tend to be ours to work on but we stop for a chat over coffee, and sometimes cake makes an appearance. It is great to see the tools being given a new life and looking good again
What is your favourite thing about volunteering?
I think it would have to be the opportunity of giving back to others some of the good things I have enjoyed and using my skills for others benefit.
And what has been one of your highlights?
Simply the fact we can have friendship and fellowship together and support one another
What would you say you have gained from this role?
More knowledge of what is happening in other countries, good relationships and sharing and learning new skills to supplement my existing ones
Why would you recommend volunteering with TWAM to other people?
Because it's enjoyable and a wonderful way to help others