Could you set up or join a local group to support Tools with a Missions work providing Toolkits to Africa for livelihood creation? A Local Group is a team of people who share our passion for livelihood creating tools and get together to collect tools from their area. Many also arrange tool collections at local supermarkets, DIY stores and garden centres. Many also offer talks to local community groups and even speak on local radio.

Some groups sort the tools before arranging collection and some even do some refurbishment, such as grinding
off rust and fixing loose handles.

To start you need somewhere to store tools, such as a vacant garage or big shed and the enthusiasm to gather
together likeminded friends. Our local groups have a great community spirit and are a huge support for
TWAM.

There are many possibilities to what you might do, but the common tasks usually undertaken are:

1. You may collect tool from requests made by the general public through the TWAM website.
2. You may promote TWAM locally to generate your own tool donation requests.
3. You may store the tools until and arrange collection by a TWAM van.
4. You may sort the tools so all broken and unsuitable tools are removed before the van collects.
5. You may do basic tool refurbishment as facilities and skills allow.
6. You may visit shows, farmers markets, local events etc. to promote TWAM and tool donations.
7. You might offer talks and demonstrations to churches and other local groups to encourage
their support.
8. You will work with your local Tool Ambassadors, Community Ambassadors and Community Champions to have a real impact on your community.
9. You will offer support to other potential groups who need advice on how to set up and run a group.

TWAM will provide training and advice. We will also put you in touch with another local group who will offer
advice and support.

We will invite you to visit your nearest Refurbishment Centre and invite you to Volunteer Days and Open Days.
We will include you in the Local Group Network which will offer support and resources to all groups and help
them stay in touch with each other.

We will provide you with leaflets, pull up banners, and promotional materials. We will also provide a leaflet just
about your local group for you to distribute.

We will provide materials for talks and, if needed, a projector and screen.

You will have the support of the Volunteering Coordinator, Fundraising and Communications Officer, and Press Officer.
You will be offered your own promotional page on the main TWAM website.

TWAM will help with expenses, such as when needing to purchase grinding wheels for refurbishment, basic tools
for refurbishment, and expenses if attending exhibitions.

However, we permit local groups to sell unwanted tools to help cover their own costs and most try to be self-financing.
We will provide you with TWAM branded polo shirts and
fleeces.

Finally, it is an amazing opportunity to build friendships, impact your community, and transform lives.

Contact: George Young
 
Phone: 0121 572 2219
 
​Email: [email protected] 
 
Address:  Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church, Trinity Hill, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B72 1TA
 
Opening times: 09:30 and 12:20 on Thursdays.