Could you volunteer with Remap Berkshire? You don’t have to be a professional engineer; anyone with ingenuity, good practical skills and design ideas can contribute. You will need a simple workshop or somewhere you can work on things, and a car to reach the many people we help across the local area. And you do not have to wait until you retire; your volunteering can fit in around other commitments.
Take our test: we were recently approached to solve these problems; do you have the ingenuity to come up with better solutions? If so, you should definitely contact us.
- Jane’s limited dexterity means that she cannot hold the plug on the charger lead of her tablet to insert it for charging, meaning she has to ask someone else to do it each time. What would you do to give her the independence to do it for herself? Here is our solution.
- A special school encourages its students to play bongo drums, but the drums are designed to stand on the floor with the user sitting forward and over the drum. This is not possible using a wheelchair, especially when upper body movement is restricted. The solution must suit a range of wheelchairs, drum sizes and users. Here is our solution.
- Paul suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and has great difficulty in using aerosols because of their often over-complex shaped caps. The solution needs to work on a range of aerosol sizes and contents. Here is our solution. Could you do better?
If this sort of challenge interests you, please contact us to discuss joining. The personal satisfaction can be huge. In the words of one of our members:
- I first came across Remap when I saw an advert in the Model Engineer magazine. I had recently retired and was missing being at work. My hobby while working had always been model engineering. I had a workshop with metal working tools and had made some model steam engines, as model engineers do. I contacted Remap and went along to their next quarterly meeting. At these meetings the volunteers describe the projects that they have recently completed. A little to my dismay, that evening all the projects involved quite skilful wood working. I had done my share of DIY around the house, but wood was not really my material. Anyway, I decided to join and was duly vetted and taken to my first job by one of the other volunteers who acted as mentor. Junior, my first client, was a lad who attended a special needs school in Reading. He was born profoundly deaf, had learning difficulties, had not learned to talk and was unable to stand unsupported. He spent all his time at the school sat on a low stool. His teachers said he was very uncommunicative, but they thought it might help him if he could stand and wondered if I could make a ladder type frame so that he could support himself. That first day, I talked to his teachers about what was needed, but there was no response from Junior himself. I thought on my second visit that Junior might recognise me and make some acknowledgement, but there was nothing. Rather to my shame, I came to the conclusion that as far as Junior was concerned, there was nobody at home. I completed the standing frame and took it to the school. The teachers put it in front of Junior and helped him up so that he was standing. Then he looked at me for the first time and gave the sign language movement for Thank You.
We also welcome non-technical volunteers to help with admin tasks. Find out more about volunteering with Remap using the links below.