WORKAID are excited to be part of the The Big Give Christmas Challenge for 2016.

For 72 hours from midday on giving Tuesday 29th November until midday on Friday 2nd December, donations made through https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/25468  can be doubled from our pot of allocated funds.

Our project "Female Skill Development in Slum Communities" is working in partnership with the YWCA in Nairobi to enable women and young girls to acquire practical skills to create better lives for them and their children.


Please help us to change lives. Any donation, no matter how large or small, can really make a difference.

THANK YOU for all the donations on Giving Tuesday!  We have surpassed our target already! Thank you for your generosity.

Please continue to donate and add to the final amount, although new donations won't be doubled.

You may also like to view our PRACTICAL GIFTS LEAFLET to the right of this page.


WORKAID is very proud to be the recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and we would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers and supporters.  

 What WORKAID does

WORKAID tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living.

Since 1986, WORKAID has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. 

How we do it.

Unwanted tools and equipment are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at the WORKAID workshop.

The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.

Any items which are not suitable for sending overseas can be sold in the WORKAID shop or on e-bay to help fund our work.

Help break the cycle of poverty

We accept donations including all trade tools (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, building, blacksmithing, welding, lathes, motor mechanic tools, manual and electric sewing machines, knitting machines, leather working, upholstering, haberdashery, wools and yarns, sturdy adult bicycles, horticultural tools, typewriters and many other items.

You can support WORKAID by:    
  (1) Donating your unwanted tools.    
  (2) Giving your time as a volunteer.    
  (3) Making a donation

How WORKAID helped Annie 

With the tools and equipment donated by WORKAID , Annie is now able to feed her family and earn a living by cultivating a small garden . From this Annie can put food on the table and earn through the sale of any surplus.     


Any items which are not suitable for sending overseas can be sold in the WORKAID shop or on e-bay to help fund our work. 



New on our web site:

Give a gift to change a life.

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Click HERE to view pictures of the 30th Anniversary Event.

Click  HERE for upcoming events.

30th Anniversary Newsletter

The latest newsletter is available now on our "News" page.

The above pictures show examples of how Workaid collects, refurbishes and ships work tools to projects that teach people to use them.

Thereafter, the newly qualified tradespeople earn their living using tools donated by Workaid.