Volunteers are at the heart of what we do at Move On Wood Recycling. Whether they’re driving our van, de-nailing timber, making products or helping out in the shop, we couldn’t do what we do without their generous support. As Volunteers’ Week is celebrated across the UK in the first week of June, we thought we’d share the experiences of some of our volunteers, including how they got into volunteering and the benefits they’ve felt!

Roddy, right, with our Development Worker, Muun.

Roddy had no previous experience in a wood workshop when he started volunteering with us, but he’s always enjoyed working with his hands and used to make model planes and trains. After his long career as a chauffeur came to an end, Roddy wasn’t sure what to do next, and was referred to us by a work support service in Edinburgh. He says he’s enjoying the new challenge and “learning new skills in a supportive environment.” The flexibility of volunteering with us has also been a big plus, with Roddy able to come in at days and times that suit him best.

Marta, right, with our Trainee Development Worker, Kai.

Marta has been volunteering with us for roughly six months and usually comes in once a week. After studying interior design, Marta is currently working on an exciting project with an interior designer – volunteering in our workshop is giving her the space and access to specific tools to work on this. Marta had never done woodwork previously either, but has enjoyed “learning about all the different tools and how to use them!”

Simon building a bookcase using upcycled scaffold boards.

With a professional background in IT consultancy, Simon’s only experience of woodwork was, he admits, “many years ago at school.” He’s caught the woodworking bug now though, and volunteers regularly during the week and at weekends. As his skills have grown, he’s developed the confidence to work on projects for his own home instead of hiring someone – as well as saving him money, he says this has given him the opportunity to “use new tools, learn new techniques and create bespoke, one-of-a-kind furniture.” So far he’s built a custom shoe rack and even fitted his kitchen with new units! Simon says he enjoys the supportive and helpful environment in the workshop, adding that staff are “really knowledgeable and always happy to help.”


If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please get in touch on 0131 551 6937 or wood@moveon.org.uk – no previous experience necessary, just a desire to help and a willingness to learn!

We’re currently looking for volunteer van drivers, but volunteers can help with a variety of tasks, including de-nailing timber, making products or helping out in the shop.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and offer full training and support. Travel and lunch expenses provided.