Medway Volunteer Workshop in Kent is a local initiative to help a national charity, Tools with a Mission, headquartered in Ipswich

Welcome To Medway Volunteer Workshop

Update: Medway Volunteer Workshop re-opened on 22nd June Click here for details 

Medway Volunteer Workshop in Kent is a local initiative to help a national charity, Tools with a Mission, headquartered in Ipswich. 

TWAM supports, in a practical way, people in Africa by refurbishing donated tools and sewing machines and creating the tool kits necessary to turn training into a livelihood. 

There is more demand in Africa than Ipswich can meet, so they have been encouraging the formation of local organisations throughout the UK to increase refurbishment capacity.  Opened in spring 2019, Medway Volunteer Workshop in Chatham, is one of these centres.

Can you help with this worthwhile work by volunteering time, donating items or helping with running costs?

Medway Volunteer Workshop works with Tools with a Mission who collect unwanted tools, computers and sewing machines across Kent.  These are refurbished and compiled into trade kits, which are sent to Africa to equip people who have recently completed training schemes so they can earn a sustainable living.   

Our Kent workshop refurbishes carpentry tools and sewing machines for Tools with a Mission who send around 20 containers to Africa every year, each filled with over 10 tonnes of tools.


Join our band of volunteers at Chatham. 

We already have twenty volunteers manning the workshop for three days a week and need to double that number so we can operate throughout the week.  


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Medway Volunteer Workshop is increasing capacity by opening a specialist sewing machine workshop at our Chatham base.  MVW is already providing 50 sewing machines a month but we can do so much more.

This project will cost around £1,000 to set up and £3,000 a year to run...


Donate your unwanted tools and computers or a sewing or knitting machine - we can arrange collection. Please spread the word to encourage others to do the same.

These items are then refurbished at our Medway centre or at Tools with a Mission in Ipswich and their other branches, assembled into kits and sent to trainees in Africa...

About Tools with a Mission

TWAM  I   Tools with a Mission

Tools with a Mission support local people in Africa who in turn support their own communities through livelihood creating projects.  TWAM believes there is dignity through work and the ability to support yourself and your family; TWAM is a charity that provides the practical help necessary to achieve this aim...

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