WORKAID is very proud to be the recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and we would like to say a huge "thank you" to all our volunteers and supporters.  

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire presenting Rob Levine, our Chairman, with the Queen's Award, during our 30th Anniversary Celebrations

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 What WORKAID does

WORKAID tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living.

Since 1986, WORKAID has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. 

How we do it.

Unwanted tools and equipment are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at the WORKAID workshop.

The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.

Any items which are not suitable for sending overseas can be sold in the WORKAID shop or on e-bay to help fund our work.

Help break the cycle of poverty

We accept donations including all trade tools (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, building, blacksmithing, welding, lathes, motor mechanic tools, manual and electric sewing machines, knitting machines, leather working, upholstering, haberdashery, wools and yarns, sturdy adult bicycles, horticultural tools, typewriters and many other items.

You can support WORKAID by:    
  (1) Donating your unwanted tools.    
  (2) Giving your time as a volunteer.    
  (3) Making a donation

How WORKAID helped Annie 

With the tools and equipment donated by WORKAID , Annie is now able to feed her family and earn a living by cultivating a small garden . From this Annie can put food on the table and earn through the sale of any surplus.     


Any items which are not suitable for sending overseas can be sold in the WORKAID shop or on e-bay to help fund our work. 

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Cunningham who died on April 27th at the age of 91.


Frank joined WORKAID in May 1989 and was one of the first volunteers for the Charity.  For over 30 years Frank worked on a variety of tasks and in his later years Frank helped out 3 or 4 times a week in office.

At the recent celebration to mark the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Frank received the Award Certificate from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant.

The Patrons, Trustees and all at WORKAID send their condolences to Frank’s family and friends.

WORKAID Chairman Rob Levine said “Frank was an inspiration and an example of volunteering commitment, he will be sadly missed”.

30th Anniversary Newsletter

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The above pictures show examples of how Workaid collects, refurbishes and ships work tools to projects that teach people to use them.

Thereafter, the newly qualified tradespeople earn their living using tools donated by Workaid.