How you can help

Workaid is fortunate to have volunteers from all walks of life and of all ages. Whether you are retired, at school or college (minimum age: 16), taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a corporate body or have a special need, we would really value your skills. No specialist knowledge is required and there is something for everyone, not to mention stopping for tea and coffee breaks!

We believe everyone has something to give. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to work together and learn new skills, enhance your CV or just do something fun and practical. Giving your time can open up a whole new world to you, while benefiting someone else via the projects we support.

In our Chesham workshop teams of volunteers sort, refurbish and pack tools and equipment ready for transportation. In our office, volunteers process the project requests, manage paperwork, prepare and send tweets and social media communications and all the duties associated with running the charity. The Workaid Shop is an essential part of the organisation where volunteers sell items we cannot send to Africa to raise funds.

Our Friday Volunteers…

Open Volunteer Roles

Our Shifts are as follows:
Office and Workshop – Monday through Friday 9:30 to 12:30 or 13:30 to 16:30.

The Workaid Shop – Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 to 13:00 or 12:45 to 16:00.

You can volunteer for a shift(s) to suit your schedule and the roles that interest you the most, browse below for ideas of what you could get involved with. Training is provided, you just need to bring your enthusiasm.

  • Cleaning and repairing hand tools
  • Servicing large machinery e.g. lathes, bandsaws, pillar drills etc.
  • Processing and organising incoming tools donations
  • Servicing sewing machines
  • Servicing knitting machines
  • Picking tools and equipment for packing
  • Packing tools and equipment for freight
  • Electrical – servicing and testing general hand tools and other general electrical items
  • Garden Electrical – servicing garden electrical equipment e.g. lawnmowers, strimmers, blowers etc.
  • Petrol – servicing petrol equipment e.g. lawnmowers, strimmers, rotavators, generators etc.
  • E-commerce – listing and despatch (eBay)
  • Retail sales (The Workaid Shop) – helping out in the shop, assisting customers and stock as necessary
  • Haberdashery – sorting and packaging haberdashery, crafts and wool for Africa or sale in the shop
  • Recycling and Waste Management – sorting our recycling and despatch to correct locations
  • Office Administration – helping out in the office with administration, phones and project paperwork


Please email volunteer@workaid.org or use the contact form below if you are interested in volunteering (for UK applications only). You will be invited to come in for an initial chat to get an idea of the environment, where you will be volunteering and to meet other volunteers.

Contact Us Form - Volunteer Page

Please note that this contact form is not intended
for volunteering outside the UK or tool application requests.

Only 25 Bucks charities have ever been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

A volunteer wrote:

“I first came to Workaid in early 2008.  I had experienced a long period of unemployment and social isolation, which meant that, as well as lacking many of the practical skills needed to find work, I also found social interaction very difficult and daunting. I was immediately struck by the relaxed, friendly and supportive atmosphere I found there, and I was grateful to receive a very gentle introduction to the work, doing just one afternoon a week in the workshop.

I am immensely grateful to Workaid as I believe that without the support and the learning opportunities I found there, I would not have been able to achieve my present position in paid employment.”