There IS life after retiring

The Ecology Centre at Kinghorn's tools refurbishment project has expanded
The Ecology Centre at Kinghorn's tools refurbishment project has expanded

a SUCCESSFUL tool refurbishment project in Kinghorn has got even bigger!

The scheme, run by the Ecology Centre on the banks of Kinghorn Loch, has expanded, with support from The Change Fund which aims to encourage people to remain active after retirement and support intergenerational learning.

An extra £30,000 of funding will allow the Centre to increase the number of tools that it can refurbish and volunteer opportunities that it can offer for people over 50 as well as the learning opportunities it can offer to people under 25.

The reconditioned tools saved from landfill are either used at the Ecology Centre, donated to local community groups in Fife or sent to projects across Africa via international develop organisation Tools for Self Reliance.


A new member of staff has been recruited, Jamie Vint, who organises the refurbishing workshops each week. Jamie brings a wealth of experience to the post, having worked in the field most of his life, and he is keen to share his technical knowledge with the project’s volunteers.

Jamie and some of the volunteers recently travelled to Southampton to the headquarters of Tools for Self Reliance to find out more about the particular refurbishment of tools it sends to Africa.

He said: “Not only did we gain a lot of practical knowledge that we can pass onto our volunteers but we also learned more about the difference that these tools make to families and communities in Africa.”

The group is now putting its new skills into action and refurbishing workshops are running three times a week at the Ecology Centre – Monday and Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings, and it is looking for more volunteers with an interest in tools to get involved. No previous experience is necessary as full training will be given