Volunteer Engineers to help people with disabilities
Are you interested in helping to design and make bespoke equipment to make a difference and assist people in overcoming physical challenges? This is a great opportunity to use practical engineering skills and experience to help disabled people lead more independent lives locally.
REMAP is a UK charity which custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives (www.remap.org.uk ). Equipment is provided free of charge to beneficiaries and this is usually because standard NHS equipment or commercially available solutions are not appropriate to the specific needs. Many beneficiaries are recommended by their Occupational Therapist, and some enquiries we receive directly.
The local Brighton & District group of the charity is looking for additional volunteer engineers to be part of our team of 10-15 people who contribute their time to make equipment for our beneficiaries. Perhaps a piece of bent tubing with plastic support to help a one armed person use a rollator, or some woodwork to provide a set of bespoke designed steps to help a small lady get out of bed, or more sophisticated electric/control systems to help a person in wheel chair.
Our group covers a wide area from Littlehampton across to Peacehaven, and as far north as Horsham.
Skills in any of a variety of disciplines including woodworking, metalwork, electrics, control, 3D printing or simply contributing your bright ideas alone, will help. The ability to make the equipment at home or in workshop is useful but not essential, since some of our engineers are willing to make to the solutions designed by other volunteers.
Interfacing and visiting our beneficiaries at their place of residence is required, for new volunteers this is initially done with a fellow member of the team.
We have a range of ages, experience, gender in our team. Some of the volunteers are retired and some have full time employment, all of them contribute whatever time they have available. We generally meet every 6 weeks to review progress of cases, discuss any case specifics with fellow engineers, and review new enquiries. Once the specifics of each new case are determined, including the appropriate skills required for the solution, an initial meeting with the client will take place.
- Using your skills to help people with disabilities achieve greater independence and quality of life.
- Being part of a small team bringing great achievements to help the local community.
- Total flexibility in terms of your personal time input to the charity; some volunteers handle several cases at a time, others support single cases every few months.
- While volunteer effort is unpaid of course, the expenses for materials, and for travel to and from clients are reimbursed.
- Own vehicle transport is desirable to travel to clients and meetings.
- Total flexibility of time and amount of effort that you contribute.
- Geographical spread of our cases can be taken into account to suit volunteer place of residence.
When do I need to be available?
|Details||This is a general ongoing request to increase the number of volunteers in our team, due to recent relocation of some engineers or their retirement due to ill health. Flexibility of time so no specific availability issues expect for occasional meetings, and the ability to meet clients at mutually acceptable times|
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- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- Support on Offer
- This role is adaptable for different abilities