WORKAID Improves lives

We are a charity based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire with a network of Tool Collection Points all over the UK. We are run by an ever growing team of volunteers who refurbish tools and then send them to vocational training projects in Africa and the UK and have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. To get involved you can volunteer, donate your tools or give a gift to change a life.

The newly refurbished and expanded Workaid Shop re-opens TODAY, Thursday, 20th February at 10am with an official re-opening on 6th March at 11am.  We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful best buys at great prices all displayed in our updated shop.   Come and see, you won’t be disappointed!  Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 4pm.

Our Winter Newsletter is ready HERE

Volunteer in the Shop!  Join our Charity Shop with a Difference! Or could you be an eBay Despatch Volunteer? We’re looking for a super packer to join the successful team! Looking for a different kind of volunteering??  Contact

Buy a Workaid Practical Gift online to simplify all your gift purchases throughout the year.  It’s as easy as ABC for Anniversaries, Birthdays and Celebrations!  Visit Practical Gifts


Make a Donation

Make a secure payment by credit or debit card as a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a Workaid Gift. Just £5 per month for a year enables us to send a sewing machine, 2 haberdashery kits and cover the cost of shipping to a vocational training centre in Africa.



Volunteer your Time

We always need volunteers.
Join our team at The Old Boot Factory in Chesham, or become a local collector around the country.
Share your skills and make new friendships. All you need is enthusiasm.



Donate your Tools

Change lives by donating your unwanted tools, equipment and haberdashery items.

Each year 80 tonnes of tools are saved from landfill, refurbished and sent to vocational training projects in East Africa and the UK.


Stories from the Field

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The Big Give 2019 – Your £1 = £2

December 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on The Big Give 2019 – Your £1 = £2

The Big Give 2019 - For every £1 donated we'll receive £2: midday Tuesday 3rd December - Tuesday 10th December Help young people in Zambia and double your donation!  One donation, twice the impact. [...]

Latest Video from Workaid in Zambia and Uganda

November 4th, 2019|Comments Off on Latest Video from Workaid in Zambia and Uganda

Latest Video from Workaid in Zambia and Uganda In September, Adrian Hatch, our CEO, travelled with Moyra Zaman, our Zambian Co-ordinator and Trustee, to Zambia before he travelled on to Uganda. They visited projects [...]

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Success for Langas Self Help Group

June 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Success for Langas Self Help Group

Workaid's main focus has always been to enable self-sufficiency and support sustainable change. Langas Self Help Group in Eldoret, Kenya received their donated tools and equipment in December 2016. Almost two and a half years [...]

What we have Achieved

In 2015 Workaid received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and in 2016 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary

Our first ever container went to Kenya in 1994 and we now send 8 containers a year to East Africa containing 80 tonnes of equipment supporting over 180 projects.

A breakdown of machines shipped includes Sewing Machines (21,662), Knitting Machines (3,482) and Typewriters (9,827).  Tool kits include Carpenter’s (5,743), Mechanic’s (1,196), Mason’s (1,487), Electrician’s (593), Plumber’s (384), Leather worker’s (678), Horticultural kits (1,828) plus a range of larger miscellaneous equipment such as turret drills and lathes (7,526).

Our group of volunteers continues to grow but so do our plans, so to help us change lives why not volunteer today?



What we stand for

As a charity dedicated to helping people help themselves Workaid tackles poverty mainly in East Africa and the UK. We collect, refurbish and then supply tools and equipment to self help groups and vocational training projects.

Tools for life

We help provide a valuable community service by refurbishing tools that would otherwise be thrown away. Supported by a large group of volunteers from all walks of life, we supply disadvantaged people with the tools and practical skills to become self supporting.

Founded in 1986 we work directly with partners we have personally visited in each country ensuring that the projects are genuine. We provide people with things they want rather than what we think they might need and we never send money. Our ethos is providing Tools for Life.