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


Medway Volunteer Workshop now open Monday to Friday

Over the years the number of volunteers has grown allowing the workshop to increase our opening to five days a week, from 9am 4pm.

This means Medway Volunteer Workshop have been able to refurbishing even more tools and sewing machines which, through our partnership with Tools with a Mission (TWAM), are sent to Africa to equip newly-trained craftspeople and dressmakers, so they can earn a living via their own trade career.



We still have space for more volunteers  at Chatham. This probably suits retired tradespeople with a few hours to spare each week, working alongside likeminded volunteers; shifts are around four hours and you can do one or several each week. MVW is especially looking for people with a mechanical or electrical background to work on sewing machines (training is provided).


Donate tools and sewing machines

All the items we refurbish are donated, giving them a second useful life rather going to waste.

If you, or anyone you know, has unwanted hand or power tools, a manual or electric sewing machine (with foot pedal please) then a local TWAM collector can pick it up and put it to a really good use:

Alternatively you can deliver items directly to MVW in Chatham, preferably during a mornings to give us time to sort them. Advance notice would be appreciated:

A list of the items TWAM or MVW can accept can be found via this link.


Learn more about TWAM’s work at   


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