Handy person - make equipment for people with disabilities

Use your practical skills and ingenuity to help people with disabilities live fuller and more independent lives. The role involves designing and making pieces of equipment for individuals who have a specific need. Requests for help come from health professionals or directly from the public and we only help where no existing product is commercially available. You will be joining a local group of like-minded enthusiasts and with some opportunities for collaboration.

We are looking for people who have practical skills, working with one or more of: metal, wood, plastic or electronics. It is also important to be able to listen well, to understand someone's needs, translate that into a practical design and ensure the equipment made is appropriate and safe.

It is essential that you have your own tools and workshop to make the equipment and a great help if you drive and have access to a car. Meetings of the local group take place in the daytime/evening and all expenses are paid.


Practical skills in design and construction with wood, or metal, or plastic and own tools/workshop.


  • Accessibility
    Volunteers may work on own premises
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 17/03/2015

End Date: 04/08/2020

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This opportunity is available in: Basildon Billericay and Wickford, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping, Harlow, Maldon, Rayleigh and Rochford, Southend, Tendring, Thurrock, Uttlesford

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