Engineer - Remap Charity

Engineer - Remap Charity

Ongoing role
J64873
At a glance

Skills

  • Architecture / Surveying

Where

Town, TN34 2HQ
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Volunteers should live in, or within around 20 miles of East Sussex

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
The role is entirely flexible to fit with other commitments

Remap makes bespoke equipment for disabled people when they can't get it from a mainstream supplier.  This can be life changing, enhancing independence or enabling participation in leisure activities that would otherwise be impossible.

What will you be doing?

Volunteers living in, or with easy access to, East Sussex, will make equipment from scratch or adapt existing equipment to meet the needs of individual clients.  This could be anything from bespoke ramps for a wheelchair to complex electronic equipment. Our clients are disabled people of all ages who require equipment to remove some of the barriers presented by their disability.  This may be something that helps them to live independently in their own home, eg adapting a zimmer frame or devising equipment to enable people with limited upper body strength to open doors and windows.  Or it could be something that enables a wheelchair user to more easily take part in archery!  There are many examples of what we do on our website.

Volunteers who make equipment for disabled people are at the heart of Remap; using engineering and practical skills alongside their inventive abilities to solve problems.

Many of our volunteers are from an engineering background, but we also need electronics and computing experts, people skilled with wood, those with a passion for model engineering, in fact anyone with a talent for making things.

As a Remap volunteer you will get to meet the disabled people we help, often with an occupational therapist who can provide clinical input. You job is to solve whatever practical challenge they throw at you, designing and then making a special piece of equipment that will help them become more independent. We also ask you to risk assess, provide basic documentation and take photographs of your project.

You will need somewhere to work independently on your projects. Some of our volunteers have their own workshop, others use community facilities or have a workbench and tools in the garage. However you like to work, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Many of our volunteers say that they get huge satisfaction from helping people overcome the practical problems they face and seeing how lives can be transformed by sometimes simple solutions. Enabling a disabled person to become more independent is wonderful for everyone concerned.

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What are we looking for?

Volunteers who make equipment for disabled people are at the heart of Remap; using engineering and practical skills alongside their inventive abilities to solve problems.

Many of our volunteers are from an engineering background, but we also need electronics and computing experts, people skilled with wood, those with a passion for model engineering, in fact anyone with a talent for making things.

As a Remap volunteer you will get to meet the disabled people we help, often with an occupational therapist who can provide clinical input. You job is to solve whatever practical challenge they throw at you, designing and then making a special piece of equipment that will help them become more independent. We also ask you to risk assess, provide basic documentation and take photographs of your project.

You will need somewhere to work independently on your projects. Some of our volunteers have their own workshop, others use community facilities or have a workbench and tools in the garage. However you like to work, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Many of our volunteers say that they get huge satisfaction from helping people overcome the practical problems they face and seeing how lives can be transformed by sometimes simple solutions. Enabling a disabled person to become more independent is wonderful for everyone concerned.

Out of pocket expenses such as the cost of materials and travel expenses are paid and we like all our volunteers to participate in local group meetings where the current projects and items of general interest are discussed.

What difference will you make?

Remap East Sussex is focussed on changing the lives of as many disabled people in the County as possible.  Our volunteers who can design and make things are at the heart of this.  We wish to ensure that we always have sufficient volunteers to enable us to respond quickly and efficiently to requests for help, particularly given our ongoing efforts to raise our profile.  Our volunteers get to meet the people they are helping, often with the opportunity to gain input from health professionals to clarify the requirement.  Volunteers also gain the opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded members of our team.   

What's in it for the volunteer?

If you enjoy problem solving, designing and making things and seeing at first hand how the lives of those you serve are changed, this is the opportunity for you!  You will get the chance to work with a friendly and knowledgeable team and to be part of a programme aimed at significantly raising the profile of the organisation in East Sussex as we look to increase the number of people who benefit from our help.

Before you apply

Please apply via this site. You will then be given our contact details so that we can discuss the opportunity in more detail. Following that, you will accompany one of our existing volunteers to see at first hand what we do,
Causes
  • Physical disabilities
  • We help disabled people of all ages. We make bespoke equipment that helps them to live independently and/or take part in leisure activities that they would otherwise be unable to.  In short, we...