Marilyn Arnold – Chair of Trustees
I have lived in Northampton all my life. I became involved with Tools in 2009 – starting off as a volunteer, then becoming a Trustee and two years ago I became the Chair of “Tools”
“Tools” has progressed in going forward and all I hope that this will continue for many more years.
My first contact with TFSR was through supporting service users from Scope’s Hampton House service who attended the workshop. After leaving Scope a few years ago I maintained my contact with the workshop and last year was asked if I would be willing to become a trustee. Through supporting individuals with additional support needs at the workshop I have seen at first-hand how much they gain from both the practical work and socialising with other volunteers.
Hello, I am Phil Walker. I am an ex Education Advisor. I am now running an Internet Music Business.
This gives me the “luxury” of flexibility of time which I can use supporting causes that I am passionate about in both practical and other ways and top of my list is Tools for Self Reliance.
Hello, I am Chris . I am an ex Care In The Community. I have a Garden Care Business that Phil also helps run.
This gives us both the “luxury” of flexibility of time which we can use supporting causes we are passionate about in both practical and other ways and top of our list is Tools for Self Reliance.
Bob Walder –Trustee
Working for many years in Engineering (at Express Lifts and the Greater London Council) I eventually changed direction to become a self-employed Furniture Designer/Maker. I thus have knowledge of a wide range of tools particularly those associated with engineering and woodworking. I have been a working volunteer at “Tools” for about 10 years and have been a trustee for most of that time.
I worked at Hampton House for many years and saw how much a number of residents enjoyed ‘Tools’. Since supporting some of them I learnt how much people can achieve while gaining self-confidence, friendship and of course having fun knowing they are helping others. I feel honoured to be a trustee of such a great charity. When not at ‘Tools’, I enjoy cycling (on the back of a tandem!), attending my allotment and spending time with my family.