Move On Wood Recycling volunteer holding plank of wood

Volunteers are at the heart of Move On Wood Recycling, supporting our social enterprise in a wide variety of roles. In our latest volunteer case study, we’re chatting to Simon, our longest serving volunteer. He shares how got into volunteering and what keeps him coming back!

How did you hear about Move On Wood Recycling? 

“That’s a funny story: basically I was doing up my flat and came over to Move On Wood Recycling a couple of months after they opened, went in to get wood and James convinced me to join – the persuasive man that he is!”

How long have you been volunteering?

“I think I’m the longest volunteer, since October 2018 (roughly 2 and a half years).”

Do you have any previous experience of woodworking?

No, but I do now!  I started at Move On Wood Recycling mainly because I moved up to Edinburgh and this was the first volunteering opportunity I came across and was something a bit different.”

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

“I guess during these times it’s meeting people in an environment that’s legal! It’s socialising; communication; talking to people; the opportunity to mingle with more than one person outside; comradery; the conversations; the skills learned. The delivery driving is really good fun and the opportunities that it offers in terms of upskilling.”

Volunteers can help with a variety of tasks, including driving our van, helping on wood collections, speaking to customers and making upcycled furniture in our workshop.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and provide full training and support. You don’t need to have previous experience, just a desire to help and willingness to learn. 

Due to social distancing restrictions, we’re not currently looking for any new volunteers. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact James on