Good News at last!! Plans are well underway for The Workaid Shop to re-open on Thursday, 18th June at 10am. Make a note for your diary now!

Significant safety measures, physical distancing and plenty of protective equipment are being implemented in The Workaid Shop and throughout the workshop. Only a few customers will be allowed in the shop at any one time, so we kindly ask for your patience if you are asked to wait outside, and if possible, shop with a purpose.  Donations cannot be made in the shop, you will be directed to the main gate where you will be assisted further.
Full details about the safe shopping experience at The Workaid Shop can be found HERE

Donated tools

We’re putting in place a new process for receiving and handling donations. Donations will be welcomed at The Old Boot Factory once more from Monday, 15th June (not at Area Collectors yet), however, we’ll only have a limited number of volunteers available so review our accepted items list before donating to help make the process much quicker. We would appreciate items that are in working order and in good condition.  If in doubt, please contact us, the contact details can be found at the bottom of this page. 

When you arrive, you may be asked to wait if others are already donating so we can maintain social distancing rules. If it’s ok to do so, you’ll be directed to a location where someone will help you and items will be placed in a container, sealed once it’s full and quarantined for 5 days.  

Thank you for bearing with us and for your continued support. It’s very much appreciated.

During the COVID-19 crisis we have been managing our outgoings carefully. However, there are many unavoidable costs that we continue to incur so that we can be ready to open as soon as possible. Please help us continue our work enabling disadvantaged young people in Africa to build sustainable livelihoods by donating today. As our income has already dropped significantly, your help at this time is invaluable and very much appreciated.



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Last update: 03/06/2020

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.


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

Workaid during the COVID-19 Crisis

March 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Workaid during the COVID-19 Crisis

The Trustees made the decision to close Workaid to volunteers and suspend collection of tools to safeguard everyone against COVID-19 before the the country-wide lock down came into force. For the Trustees it was [...]

  • Workaid - Big Give 2019

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 [...]

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.