Events & Challenges

Upcoming Events & Challenges in 2023

Tea for Tools - Saturday 24th June - 12-3pm

Join us for our annual Tea for Tools event at our headquarters, where we will be selling tools, sewing machines and haberdashery items, as well as hosting a tea party outside, with cakes and festivities!

Date: Saturday 24th June

Location: Tools for Self Reliance, Ringwood Road, Netley Marsh, SO40 7GY

Time: 12 noon – 3pm

No need to book, just turn up on the day

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to pop us a call. See you very soon!


Can’t make our event? Why not host your own!

We have been provided the opportunity of match-funding up to £10,000 by the Dalgleish Trust. This means, every pound you raise in May and June, it will be automatically be doubled with no additional cost to you!

Find out more and register for your fundraising pack

Celebration for the Coronation!

So help us reach the £10,000 target by hosting your own Tea for Tools – Celebration for the Coronation party! You could host a cream tea for your friends, or sell your unwanted tools at a car-boot, anything you can do to help raise funds will be greatly appreciated.

Want to get your free Tea for Tools Fundraising Pack, simply fill out this form and it will be emailed to you, or give us a call.

Craft Workshops

Our Craft 2 Craft volunteers have been helping us raise funds for over 10 years!

In 2023, they will be hosting a series of Craft Workshops, it’s a great way to explore your crafty-side as well as making new friends.

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Tools For Self Reliance HQ, Ringwood Road, SO40 7GY

Ticket: £15 per person

Booking is essential, please call or email to book:

02380 869697 or


Upcoming workshops



Thursday  15th June

Join us to start your very own hexagon or diamond patchwork pattern

at the English Paper Piecing Workshop.




Thursday 20th July

Whether you’re a beginner or you’re feeling a tad rusty,

book your spot on the Knitting Workshop!


Take on a challenge


Run for Tools For Self Reliance! No matter what the distance, whether its a Fun Run or a Marathon, why not to chose to fundraise along the way?

Not sure where to start?

  1. Look at local Runs happening near you,
  2. Apply for a spot,
  3. Get training,
  4. Ask for sponsorship, all in aid of Tools For Self Reliance!


Why not have a ‘cycle to school‘ week or, even better, a ‘cycle to work‘ month!

Have a look at organised challenges in your area and request to get involved.


Creative Challenges

Sponsored Silence…

Are you known as the chatter-box, or seem to be one of the louder people in the room? Why not set yourself a challenge and have a sponsored silence for the day. You can communicate by other means, but your mouth will have to stay silent, do you think you’re able to keep it zipped for that long? Lets see how many people will pay to see (and not hear) you!


Create your own…

Do you have your own special talent? Can you play games for hours at a time, or can you whistle any tune? You can create your own challenge, a 24 hour gaming session, or create a rent-a-whistle, where people can challenge you to whistle any song, all whilst being sponsored.

The challenge space is wide open for whatever you can do, so lets do it, together!



If you’d like a sponsorship form or more information, please contact or telephone 02380 869697


Tools on Tour

Weald & Downland Museum, West Sussex,  26th – 27th March

Bodgers Ball, Cambridgeshire, 5th – 7th May

New Forest Folk Festival, Hampshire, 5th – 9th July

New Forest Show, Hampshire, 25th – 27th July

The Oak Fair, Dorset, 26th – 27th August

The Romsey Show, Hampshire, 9th September

Do you know of a show that would like Tools for Self Reliance to get involved? Please get in touch by emailing: 

Sponsor an Event

Are you looking to build your business or looking for new marketing opportunities? You can sponsor one of the Tools for Self Reliance events, in exchange for your sponsorship, we can promote your logo and business through out our advertising and at the event.

Sponsoring a charity is a great way to showcase your services whilst giving to a great cause. Every event hosted by Tools For Self Reliance is all in aid of raising funds to get tools and training to people in Africa. Please help us achieve this!


If you are interested in sponsoring one of the Tools For Self Reliance events, please contact for more information, or telephone 02380 869697

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