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.
Who we are
Tools with a Mission wouldn't be where it is today without the support of our volunteers. Every year, we send around 225 tonnes of refurbished tools in 16 containers to African skills training centres. These tools, ranging from sewing machines to carpentry and mechanics tools, have a huge impact on the livelihoods of those who receive them. We couldn't do this without the hundreds of people who selflessly donate their time and skills to us.
We welcome you with open arms, regardless of age, skill level, or faith. Whether you have a lifetime of experience working with tools or none at all, whether you can offer several days a week or just a morning, we value your contribution. You may come to us with the sole purpose of doing something worthwhile for someone less fortunate or simply wanting to make new friends and feel a sense of purpose.
Whatever your reasons, we invite you to join our community of passionate volunteers who share a love for tools and a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Together, we can directly transform the lives of people across Africa with the help of life-sustaining tools.
Get in touch today and let's see how we can welcome you to the team.
The impact of our volunteers
Our primary goal is to empower African communities by providing skills centres with livelihood-creating tools. Our carefully curated selection of tools equips recipients with the means to generate income, create their own businesses, and foster a sense of independence.
But the impact of our work extends beyond these immediate benefits. By supporting African livelihoods, we also contribute to the fight against poverty and its ripple effects. Additionally, our efforts have far-reaching implications for UK communities and the environment, as we promote sustainable living practices and reduce waste. Join us in our mission to make a positive impact on the world.
The impact in Africa
We send our toolkits to community groups that provide training to their members on how to effectively use them.
These toolkits serve as a valuable resource that empowers trainees to become self-sufficient upon graduating from their course.
Our beneficiaries include vulnerable individuals who may be in abusive relationships or unable to work due to their family circumstances. These community groups provide them with a safe space to connect with others, learn new skills, and ultimately transform their lives. By equipping individuals with the tools they need to succeed, we help break the cycle of poverty and empower communities to thrive.
The impact in the UK
We provide a range of volunteering opportunities for individuals in the UK, particularly those who may be lonely or vulnerable. Volunteering with TWAM not only offers a sense of purpose but also provides a supportive community where volunteers feel valued and cared for.
Our dedicated team of over 400 volunteers play a crucial role in our operations, driving our vans, collecting tools from the public, refurbishing them in our refurbishment centre, and assisting with administrative tasks in the office, among other roles.
Simply put, our volunteers are the backbone of our organisation and we are immensely grateful for their contributions. Join our community of volunteers today and make a meaningful impact in the world.
The impact on Earth
We promote reuse as a way to combat climate change. Every year, we send approximately 225 tonnes of tools to Africa and recycle any broken tools that we receive. Many of these tools are unwanted and end up taking up space in people's sheds or garages, eventually being sent to landfills.
Our work not only keeps these tools out of landfills but also puts them in the hands of individuals who need them most, thereby reducing the overall carbon footprint.
By diverting these tools from landfills and promoting their reuse, we are able to save an estimated 1,134 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
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.