Reuse, Repair, Recycle

Tools with a Mission

Do you have old unused tools in your shed, a sewing machine that could be put to a new use or items you’d like to repair but don’t know how?  Well, read on as we look at how to reuse, mend and avoid disposal of unused items, that whilst currently dusty or collecting cobwebs, could be used by others.  Finally, if disposal is the best option, we look at how we (WEEE!) do that responsibly.

Tools with a Mission (TWAM take almost all types of hand tools as they make up kits suitable for carpenters, electricians, vehicle mechanics, plumbers, builders, ground workers, leather workers and shoe repairers.  They can also use gardening tools, but not those just meant for lawn care, and a range of power tools.  They take sewing or knitting machines and haberdashery items.  They also take computers (desktop or laptop) with Windows 7 or later, tablets, mice, keyboards, flat screens, networking switch routers and cables.  TWAM cannot carry out major repairs to broken tools so do not accept these.

A list of what TWAM can and can’t take is below and here:

In many countries of the world people have little education and no means of earning a living.  A switch from aid dependency to self-sufficiency is almost impossible without help.  TWAM exists to provide that help; they work with charities, churches and communities across the developing world who share their compassion to reach the neediest of peoples.  TWAM have volunteer collectors all over the UK who collect spare tools from donors.  The tools are cleaned and sorted into trade kits and delivered to those who need them to enable them to set up small businesses.  In 2018 TWAM sent around 24 tonnes of tools to the DR Congo, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.  In 2019 they hope to send some to Zimbabwe and Namibia also.

St Luke’s are having a collection at our Harvest Services on Sunday 29th September 2019 for TWAM, please bring your items along.

TWAM also send out scholar packs of new stationary items for children, and provide sewing kits with each sewing machine.  Individual donors, or youth clubs, home groups etc. can make up these kits for TWAM to distribute. See &


Repair Cafes

If you have items that need fixing, don’t throw them out – you can visit a Repair Café where volunteer “fixperts” have a go at mending items.  There are a couple in Kent now, Whitstable and Ashford have them so far.

Keep an eye on the map here for new ones:


Household Waste

If you need to dispose of a very old PC (or almost anything with a plug or batteries, plus fluorescent light tubes and low-energy, long-life light bulbs) that cannot be repaired and reused, do not put it in the bin, take it to your local household waste centre’s electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE) collection point for recycling. See


TWAM accepted items include:

 Agricultural tools: Fork, spade, hoe, garden rake, hand fork and trowel, lopper, secateurs and hand shears

 Builders’ tools: Spade, shovel, 3ft spirit level, axe, crowbar, fork, sledge hammer, bow saw, bolsters, chisels, all types of hammers and trowels, pin and lines, tape measures hacksaws and blades etc.  

 Carpenters’ tools: Bevel, braces, clamps, hand drills and bits, all types of files and hammers, Stanley knife, all types of planes and saws, pliers, rules, all types of saws and screwdrivers, squares etc.

 Electricians’ tools: Allen keys, hand drills and bits, all types of pliers and hacksaws, screwdrivers, spanners, soldering iron, voltmeter etc.

 Motor mechanics’ tools: Allen keys, cold chisels, breast drill and bits, all types of hammers and pliers, punches, metric socket set and spanners, adjustable spanners, cantilever toolbox, tyre pressure gauge etc.

 Plumbers’ tools: Basin or tap wrench, wire brush, breast drill and bits, various grips and saws, screwdriver, oil can etc.

 Garage workshop: Hydraulic jack, axle stands, battery charger, ramps and large engineers vice etc.

 Power tools: Hand and bench drill, sander, planer, jigsaw, circular, band and chop saw, lathe, cultivator, rotavator etc.

 Children’s scholar packs and educational books

 Sewing machines: manual, electric and treadle

 Knitting machines: machine wool and needles

 Haberdashery: needles, cottons, large material pieces/rolls, buttons, zips etc.

 Fully working IT equipment: Desktop computers and laptops running a minimum of Windows 7, tablets, networking switch routers and cables.


Phone and check about:

 Welding machines, generators, compressors and industrial sewing machines (01473 210220 Mon-Fri 9am-2pm)


Frequently offered Items that TWAM can’t use (NB charity shops will often take many of these items if working & in good condition)

 All broken tools – TWAM can sharpen and remove surface rust, but can’t repair broken tools.  TWAM cannot take tools with woodworm.

 Ladders and step ladders

 Lawn rakes and long handled shears

 Electric and hand lawnmowers 

 Printers, scanners and typewriters 

 Disability aids: walking frames, wheelchairs, medicines and glasses

 Clothes and shoes: including children’s and babies

 Bikes: men’s, women’s and children’s

 All adults’ books and children’s fiction

 Embroidery materials, curtains and weaving materials

 Cooking pots, pans and kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery, household appliances  

 Musical instruments

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