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.

We’re recruiting! A full time Retail Supervisor for our “charity shop with a difference”, specialising in tools, gardening and haberdashery.  This is a new position to develop our retail operations.  

Full details can be found in the Resources section of our website, under Employment Opportunities.

Closing date: Friday 17th May 2019

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Make a Donation

Become a Workaid friend. Make one-off or monthly payments, or buy a Practical Gift. £25 buys a knitting machine and enables a group of women to set up a business making school jumpers.



Volunteer your Time

We always need volunteers.
Join our team in Buckinghamshire 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 and equipment. 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

  • Meddy from AFFCAD, Uganda visits Workaid

Meddy, CEO of AFFCAD in Uganda Visits Workaid

April 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Meddy, CEO of AFFCAD in Uganda Visits Workaid

It was a pleasure to have another visit this month from Meddy (Mohammed Kisirisa), CEO and co-founder of AFFCAD in Uganda. His energy and enthusiasm shine through his work in the slum area of Bwaise. [...]

  • Difference Workaid Makes

The Difference Workaid Makes

April 27th, 2019|Comments Off on The Difference Workaid Makes

We're pleased to report that feedback from projects continues to arrive via our online reporting system.  It’s wonderful to know how your support for Workaid with tools or money is able to make such enormous [...]

Adrian Hatch Joins Workaid as CEO

March 4th, 2019|Comments Off on Adrian Hatch Joins Workaid as CEO

The trustees are delighted to announce that Adrian Hatch has joined Workaid as CEO. Adrian has had a fascinating career in the charitable sector and until last month was CEO of Safe Child Thailand (SCT). [...]

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.