Halstead Specialist Refurbishment Centre
Centre Manager: Dave Bassett
Contact: Mike Redhead
A little bit about us
Our group was started by Peter Watkins and Clinton Grant about 25 years ago. It started to grow into the enthusiastic group we now know when many of us joined in 2011. The group has grown ever since, with people regularly joining us.
What we do
We collect tools from people who either ring or email us. We then sort them and refurbish some of them ready for the TWAM van to collect. The tools then go to the main Ipswich Refurbishment and Distribution Centre in Suffolk. We don't send anything to TWAM that cannot be sent out to Africa.
Volunteer with us
We are always looking for volunteers to join us. This could be collecting tools from the general public or helping sort and refurbish them in one of our three workshops (or both). The workshops are all in our garden sheds or garages. We normally encourage new volunteers to start collecting and then join us refurbishing when they get more confident.
Volunteers receive an ID pack, letters of introduction, newsletters and pamphlets, plus a TWAM polo shirt and fleece. We are a friendly group and you can be sure of a warm welcome.
We love what we do, as it is very rewarding and moving to collect tools, especially from widows who have lost their husbands and desperately want to avoid their cherished tools going to landfill. We enjoy spending time sharing with them how their tools will be used. We think this is an important part of our volunteering.
We all really enjoy what we do and the satisfaction of knowing the tools we collect will be saved from landfill and sent to Africa to transform lives.
Chichester TWAM at a garage sale in September 2020, where they raised £300 for TWAM.