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.
Steven Higginbottom—Vice Chair
My first contact with “Tools” was when I cleared out my late uncle’s shed. I visited the workshop to donate some tools and realised it was something well worth being involved with. I’ve been a trustee for 3 years and enjoyed working with the other trustees and volunteers to make “Tools” a successful and stable organisation.
I am a qualified funding specialist and have successfully raised funds for a variety of charities in Northamptonshire. My previous experience also includes working as a funding officer for Northamptonshire County Council. I have been volunteering for Tools for around 18 months developing new fundraising strategies, mentoring staff and trustees and applying for grants on behalf of the charity. I look forward to continuing this work in my new role as a trustee.
My daughter was working at Barclay card when ‘Tools’ had an event there, she looked at what was done and said “my Dad can do anything like that”. I paid a visit to the workshop and was hooked. I attend most days and repair lawn mowers, sharpen shears or drills, help in preparing tools for shows, support most of the events. I get on really well with all the people who use the workshop and look forward to supporting Tools 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.