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As members of U3A, there is a shared aim of education and stimulation during retirement.  In volunteering for TWAM, you are both stimulating yourself with regular volunteering activity, but just as importantly enabling those in the developing world to do the same.  This means you are passing on your desire to learn to those who need it most.

So thank you for your interest in Tools with a Mission.  It’s great that you have clicked through to our website and are keen to learn more about what we do and how you may be able to help.

So why should you think of supporting Tools with a Mission with your time? 


Putting it plainly, we have a very simple idea, but its impact is massive.   We collect unwanted tools, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them to the developing world for livelihood creation.

Why do we do this?  

There are 4 main reasons we’d like to mention

Firstly, it’s great for the environment as we save hundreds of tonnes of unwanted tools going to landfill every year and we give them new life.

Second, we enable people to transform their communities whilst giving dignity to them by respecting their culture.  We do this by not telling them what they need – instead they tell us and we provide the tools!

Thirdly, it supports sustainable projects.  With a combination of tool and training, projects and communities are created which become economically independent and don’t need constant funding.  To coin an old phrase – it’s a hand up not a hand out.


Finally, and why you are hopefully here, it gives purpose to our volunteers in the UK, who are people just like you. 


TWAM is such a friendly place to volunteer and we like to think of ourselves as a family where people can find friendship, support and purpose.

TWAM has exciting plans over the next few years to grow in size so we can help even more people in Africa but to do so we need many more people to help

  1. We need people to refurbish tools at our Ipswich, Midlands and Halstead centres

  2. We need tool collectors all over England and Wales.

  3. We need drivers in Ipswich, Coventry, Redcar, Farnham and Maidstone

So why not have a look around.  Here are some great places to start:


Join a workshop team

Join the tool collector team

Join a driving team

We have clubs who act as collection points for tools and who arrange tool collections at local supermarkets and DIY stores.  There are so many creative opportunities.  So why not have a chat and see how we can work together.

Any questions please just ask our Volunteer Coordinator Paul Daley by email or phone:

01473 210220

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