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WILL CHANGE A LIFE

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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.

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A refurbished Sewing Machine will enable an individual to start a business to support their family.

A Pillar Drill will enable specialist training in a workshop.
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A Knitting Machine enables a group to set up a business making school uniforms and clothing.

A Mechanics Kit will supply metalworking tools to train people in deprived areas.
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A Bicycle will give a Community Health worker access to people in need.
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A Carpentry Kit will give a self-help group the chance to earn a living and the respect of their community.

A donation of £15 helps to cover the cost of shipping a life-changing tool kit to Africa.

A Haberdashery Kit will help a co-operative start a tailoring business.
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The Workaid Shop

The Workaid Shop is a “charity shop with a difference”, specialising in tools and hardware, gardening equipment, lawn mowers, electrical items, craft materials, patterns, wools and yarns, fabrics and general haberdashery, sewing and knitting machines.

THE WORKAID SHOP

EBAY

Visit our eBay site regularly to find interesting and unusual items that are more wisely used to raise funds for our projects.

TOOLS FOR LIFE
TOOLS AND CRAFTS

By Post

Cheques can be sent to Workaid, 71 Townsend Road, Chesham, Bucks HP5 2AA

Recurring payments can be made by credit card using the credit card button above. If you would prefer to setup a Standing Order mandate by post, download the form below.

STANDING ORDER FORM

EASYFUNDRAISING

By shopping through the easyfundraising.org.uk website you can access a wide variety of leading shops and brands such as John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, eBay, Sainsbury’s, Argos, Ariva, booking.com and many more. The stores will dontate a percentage of your spend to Workaid at no cost to you.

SHOP EASYFUNDRAISING

Amazon Smile

Do you shop via Amazon? If so, log in to your Amazon account using the URL smile.amazon.co.uk and select Workaid as your nominated charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of everything you spend at no cost to you.

SHOP AMAZON SMILE

Donate Tools

We rely wholly on your unwanted tools and equipment donations and accept a wide range even if they are vintage or antique. Click the link below to find out how to donate your tools and equipment.

HOW TO DONATE TOOLS

How your money helps

In Africa

At Workaid we support projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. In Zambia for example we worked alongside the Zambian Government as they wanted to link with our charity in two key areas:

  • Harnessing the potential of Zambia’s disaffected youth (approx. 80% of the population are young people)
  • Introducing skills training for prisoners and ex-offenders with a view to reducing re-offending.

The Government is currently building Youth Resource Centres (YRCs) to provide training for street children, the uneducated and those who have failed to complete their education. Their success is dependent on stakeholders such as Workaid contributing some of the necessary tools for training. Lusaka YRC and Chiyota YRC have recently received a quota of tools from Workaid. Lusaka is the more established centre and is effectively seeing 600 youngsters qualifying per year; 50% gain employment and the rest are supported in setting up in business.

We also have long term working relationships with Krizevac in Malawi and Home Leone in Sierra Leone.

It is inspiring to consider the difference Workaid has made to the lives of so many people in Africa and the UK.

In the UK

Workaid supplies tools and equipment to projects in the UK helping people to engage in practical skills training. Work includes supplying The Princes’ Trust with tool kits for individuals who have successfully completed vocational training, enabling them to put their new skills into practice.

We also work with other local UK charities including Lindengate, ToolShed, Restore Hope Latimer and The Chiltern Open Air Museum supplying tools, equipment and advice as needed.

Corporate volunteers from companies as diverse as GSK (seen here), GE Healthcare and MARKIT regularly give their time to help at Workaid and develop team bonding while giving to a good cause and having a totally different day off from “work”!

Students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards often come during the summer months, but we can accommodate them throughout the year too.

Student classes also come from local schools such as Stony Dean, Elmtree and St Dominics.  They enjoy the varied projects they are able to tackle, learning about the work the charity does and it’s always useful to get something on their CVs.

We have also pioneered a new project at our Buckinghamshire-based workshop to provide occupational training and therapeutic activities for people with learning disabilities.  It’s called the Workaid Hub. Find out more here

Case Studies

Isaac’s story

Isaac lost both his parents to HIV/Aids when he was very young and went to live with his grandmother. Although he completed primary school he had to drop out of secondary education after Grade 9 as they couldn’t afford it.

When he was 20 years old he heard about SCIM Brothers Trade School near Iringa, applied and was awarded sponsorship to study for a Trade Certificate in Motor Vehicle Mechanics.

On completion of his 3 year training course, Isaac said…

“I am now confident that I will be able to gain employment and make a better life for myself”.

The Naomi Fellowship

In Zambia, Workaid is currently focused in the Archdiocese of Lusaka. The aim is always to support “vulnerable but viable” projects such as care based organisations, which spring up from grass roots.  They include widows, orphans and victims of HIV/Aids and often there is no income or financial support.

The Naomi Fellowship is such an example where Workaid has donated sewing and knitting machines to this group of 10 women who position themselves at various stands in the market where they both work and sell their goods. They share the machines and pool their income to provide education for their children.

Rob’s trip to Kampala
One of the things Workaid people do is visit our partners in Africa, and see the projects we support -there are often things better done face to face! I visited Kampala in February 2017, mainly to try to persuade the Ugandan government to reinstate our tax-exempt status, which would materially reduce the cost of sending containers there. I met with the Speaker of the House and others in positions of influence – things look promising but we’re not there yet!
The most fulfilling part of the trip though was the project visits. These we do so that we can reassure ourselves and our donors that the projects we supply tools to are the right ones to support.