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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.

Check back for news of our October Forecourt Sale, raising money to send more tools, enabling people to learn new skills & change lives for the better


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

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Volunteers Wanted at Workaid

August 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Volunteers Wanted at Workaid

Workaid at 71 Townsend Road, Chesham, HP5 2AA is looking for more volunteers! Our team of committed volunteers has reached over 200 strong, a community of friendly faces from all walks of life, as well [...]

Workaid partner from Uganda wins Social Entrepreneurship award

March 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Workaid partner from Uganda wins Social Entrepreneurship award

Congratulations to Meddy! Kisirisa Muhammed (‘Meddy’ to his friends) founded and runs the inspirational AFFCAD project on the edge of the Bwaise slum in Kampala.  His team made this fantastic video below for us last [...]

Ringing in the New Year at Levozy Self Help in Nairobi, Kenya

January 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Ringing in the New Year at Levozy Self Help in Nairobi, Kenya

Workaid was delighted to hear that one of its projects, Levozy Self Help Group, recently received a consignment of tools and equipment for their vocational training centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The goods were warmly welcomed [...]

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.

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



  • Workaid Shop Chesham

The Workaid Shop is 8 Years Old!

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.