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The People Making Things Possible – Adam

Posted 27 May 2022 in Stories

Adam Blenkiron has volunteered for Remap since 2021 as a Chairperson at his local group in Sheffield. Adam volunteers for Remap alongside working a full-time job as a Sustainability Technical Lead at the Nuclear AMRC’s Machining Technologies Group.

Adam has always had an interest in volunteering and spent many years as an active IMechE volunteer promoting engineering throughout Yorkshire for young members. Then in 2021 he decided he wanted to try something different and got involved with Remap. He quickly realised that his drive and passion for engineering changed to the drive to help others.

We asked Adam to explain how he got involved in volunteering at Remap:
“I joined the local Sheffield and Rotherham branch of Remap, who help with adapting existing equipping or making new equipment. We visit clients and use engineering and practical skills alongside inventive ability to solve problems.”

“Through volunteering for Remap, I have met many people with disabilities. My job is to solve whatever practical challenge they throw at me through designing and making a special piece of equipment that helps the individual become more independent or fulfilled.”

“My first case was one of the most rewarding and it touched me to be able to make a difference in this persons life. Before I joined the Nuclear AMRC, I had a relatively short career in the RAF as an Aircraft Technician. I was contacted by the local Remap Case Officer about an Army Veteran who required help with his wheelchair. The veteran was an amputee who needed some help with decreasing the length of his amputee leg rest. We helped adapt his leg rest, and it was so rewarding to see just how much something small impacted upon this person’s life, then I was able to have a long chat to him about his current situation and his time in the army.”

Its people like Adam, making custom-made equipment which changes peoples lives. Want to join us? Sign up and become a volunteer today – click here.

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