Who We Are

We are a Christian charity that collects unwanted usable tools, refurbishes them, sorts them into trade tool kits and sends them to the developing world for livelihood creation.

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Who we are

We send around 18 containers filled with a total of around 225 tonnes of refurbished tools to African skills training centres every year. These tools are all collected from people across the UK and range from sewing machines and knitting machines to carpentry tools and mechanics tools. Read more about the impact of tools on our blog. We can only do this by relying on hundreds of people like you to give their time and skills freely to us.

 

Our welcome to you

We welcome all ages and skill levels, from those who have worked with tools all their lives to those who come with no knowledge at all. 

We welcome those who offer us several days a week and those who offer a morning. 

We welcome those who come with the sole purpose of doing something worthwhile for somebody less fortunate than them, and those who come mainly wanting friendship and a reason to get up in the morning.

We welcome people of any faith or no faith.

 

We welcome everybody who shares our passion for tools and for friendship.

 

Most of all, we welcome people who want to do something that will directly transform lives across Africa with life-sustaining tools.

So please get in touch and find out how we can welcome you.

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The impact of our volunteers

We are dedicated to providing livelihood-creating tools to skills centres in Africa. These tools give the recipients the means to generate their own income, create their own businesses, and build a mindset of independence, not reliance. 
 

The impact goes much further than this, however. Our work supports African livelihoods, UK communities, and the fight against climate change.

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The impact in Africa

The tools that we send go to community groups who train the members of their community to use them. 

Many trainees are given tool kits upon graduation, allowing them to become self-sufficient from the moment they finish the course.

Many of the trainees are very vulnerable. They may be in an abusive relationship or forced to stay at home whilst their husband works all day. These groups give them a space where they can laugh and chat with friends and learn valuable skills in the process.

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The impact in the UK

We offer a wide variety of volunteering opportunities to people in the UK. Many of them are lonely or vulnerable, and volunteering with TWAM gives them a sense of purpose as well as a community where they can feel cared for and needed.

We have a team of over 400 volunteers who drive our vans, collect tools from the public, refurbish them in our refurbishment centre, and help us out in the office, amongst other roles.

In short, we couldn't do anything without them!

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The impact on Earth

We play our part in combatting climate change by promoting reuse.

 

We send around 225 tonnes of tools to Africa every year and recycle a further 180 tonnes of tools that are broken or unsuitable to send. Most of these tools are unwanted and are just sitting in someone's shed or garage waiting to go to the tip. 

 

Our work keeps all of these tools out of landfills and puts them in the hands of people who need them. Preserving their original use is even more environmentally friendly than recycling them.

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The impact on Earth

We play our part in combatting climate change by promoting reuse.

 

We send around 225 tonnes of tools to Africa every year and recycle a further 180 tonnes of tools that are broken or unsuitable to send. Most of these tools are unwanted and are just sitting in someone's shed or garage waiting to go to the tip. 

 

Our work keeps all of these tools out of landfills and puts them in the hands of people who need them. Preserving their original use is even more environmentally friendly than recycling them.