Welcome to Remap
Making things possible for people with disabilities
Remap is a very special charity, working through a nationwide network of dedicated volunteers. They use their ingenuity and skills to help people with disabilities to achieve much-desired independence in some aspect of their lives, or to enjoy leisure opportunities previously closed to them..
Remap’s unique pieces of special equipment are tailor-made and given free to the people who need them.
Remap has 80 panels across England, Wales and northern Ireland, and helps 4000 people with disabilities each year...
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Remap supports Volunteers' Week! Read what our volunteers say:
I enjoy volunteering for Remap because of the variety of projects you can get involved in. And you couldn’t ask for a friendlier atmosphere! One project I ended up working on was with “Animal Days Out". They needed adaptions to some lap trays so when they took a variety of friendly critters on outreach trips they were easier to look after. During the job I got to feed some meerkats and spend an afternoon with the guinea pigs as they went on their visits.
I’ve also got to meet Rita, who at 80 was still enjoying the odd skydive. She wanted help attaching a walking frame to her mobility scooter to help her stay independent.
I recently met a new Remap volunteer to discuss how we could make a stand for a paralysed man to play his music synthesiser while lying in bed. It is great to be able to use our engineering skills to make something unique like this; it makes a really big difference to someone's quality of life. It is a win-win as we not only make the situation better but also get great satisfaction ourselves from knowing we have made a difference.
My local Remap group has been fortunate in the last few months to double in size, as having more members allows us to respond more quickly to requests. We also help each other by providing ideas of how to solve the tasks.
Being involved in Remap has allowed me to gain satisfaction in both helping people and using my engineering skills to solve technical challenges. A life affirming experience!"
When I retired I found something was missing from my life; the mental challenges and camaraderie of work. A friend mentioned Remap and he challenged me to take on being the Chairman and to get more volunteers, help more people, increase the income and raise the local profile.
We are now ten times the size we were; a solvent, happy group helping dozens of people each year. Everyone won; I have my challenges, the volunteers are free to solve people’s problems and our profile is higher.
Engineers take pride in the quantity and quality jobs done and problems solved to help local disabled people and don’t worry about publicity work, fundraising and admin while I can look with some satisfaction to the group growth.
When I joined Remap I knew very little about its work, about disability issues or engineering, but my local group had a vacancy for a secretary to organise their work and were very welcoming. That was over 20 years ago and since then I have got to know “my” wonderful, dedicated and hard-working band of engineers, and many delightful people with whom I have had contact by phone or email.
As case secretary for my local group, my role involves receiving requests for help from medical professionals, directly from disabled people or their carers. I then locate a suitable engineering volunteer to undertake the work, keep track of progress and maintain the records. So far I have been involved with nearly 1,000 cases, each one unique, interesting and challenging. I am still thoroughly enjoying my work for Remap; it is hugely rewarding to hear how much difference the equipment supplied to disabled people can make to their lives.
Ten years ago I used to visit Alec, an elderly gentleman I knew in a nursing home. He had no lower arms and was very deaf and as a result his tv was on very loud most of the day. His neighbours were understandably troubled by this high volume but I but did not know how it could be resolved. On one visit he had two volunteers from Remap with him who were installing small speakers on brackets to the inner wings of his armchair. Alec could sit back in his chair and hear the tv perfectly at a much lower volume than before. Peace and harmony was restored all round and Alec was put back in control. They went on to make him a card holder and a simple yet ingenious adaptor for his prosthesis to enable him to continue playing bridge. The difference their visits and help made to his final years was amazing to watch and I felt genuinely moved.
As a former carpenter, I felt that I too might be able to make a difference to local disabled people and became a volunteer with Remap. I have gone on to meet and work with many amazing people as a result.
I had been thinking of doing some voluntary work for charity and read an article about REMAP and thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of my 22 years’ worth of OT knowledge! I contacted the local Derby Remap group whom have been very welcoming and what a great group they are. Some of the work they have done is fascinating and very creative and we are all very focused on the best outcome for the person or carer, making them as independent as possible. As an OT it has been so refreshing being able to "Think outside the box" and be creative on how to adapt or achieve an activity. I hope sharing my clinical knowledge has supported the other members and will continue to do so in the coming years.
Volunteers by their nature are selfless people. However, I must admit to a bit of selfishness in my volunteering. There comes a warm glow within with some of my experiences since becoming involved with Remap. I never cease to be aware of that feeling when I see how some people with disabilities not only cope with life but also are so buoyant and joyful. This is driven home even more by the pleasure they show when we complete a job and improve their standard of living or lifestyle. I also get great deal in listening to other engineers talk about solutions to problematic cases – matter of fact discussions that result in life enhancing results to others. In reality volunteering isn't just about giving, it is also about receiving; it’s a wonderful two-way experience.Rod