Give Tools

Tools for Self Reliance are not currently accepting tool donations to ensure that everyone is protected and kept safe.

The main office at Netley Marsh and workshop will be closed to volunteering activity.

Workshop and office activities will be maintained by staff.

The Netley Marsh office will be closed to the public, and we ask people to not bring in donations of tools at this time.

Our volunteer collectors will not be visiting supporters to collect tools at the moment, or taking donations.

Volunteer groups who operate locally are not expected to continue their activities.

Our project partners based in the countries in which we work in Africa will be making decisions based on the local advice relevant to them.

We very much appreciate your patience and support at this time. We will endeavour to update you regularly on further changes, and you can always get in touch with us by phone: 023 80869697, email, or our website or facebook.

With best wishes from the Tools for Self Reliance team.

We senmwanzo-mgumu-garage-sido-dodoma-2015d tools to Africa in response to requests from our partners, who tell us the types of tools they need, and the trades which are in demand. So we only need certain types of tools. As the tools will be used to help people earn a living they need to be good quality and in good working order.

How to donate tools

We take donations of tools at our Netley Marsh workshop and are normally open Monday to Friday, 9-5. If you are making a special trip, or travelling a long distance, please give us a call first. We also have a network of volunteer collectors across the country who can collect donations – to find out if there is a collector in your area, please contact us.



What tools do we need?

Any good quality hand tools or industrial quality 240v electric tools for:

  • carpenters
  • builders
  • metalworkers
  • shoe repairers
  • mechanics
  • plumbers
  • electricians
  • dressmaking materials and habadashery
  • hand operated and treadle machines
  • some electric sewing machines, must be in good working order
  • overlockers

Items we don’t need

  • cordless, 110v or domestic quality mains power tools
  • computers or other electronic equipment
  • typewriters and duplicators
  • low quality / disposable tools eg hardpoint saws
  • machinery (except by special arrangement)
  • imperial rules / measures
  • nails, screws, nuts and bolts
  • paints, oils, chemicals
  • gas bottles
  • two man saws

What about tools that we can’t send?

We are sometimes donated tools, sewing machines and other items which haven’t been requested, or which are in some way unsuitable or surplus to requirements. We may then:

  • pass them on to other charities who can use them
  • use them in our own workshops and warehouse
  • sell them – at car boot sales, auctions, on ebay, or to specialist dealers
  • recycle them

Any funds that are generated from the sale of tools go towards supporting our work in Africa. Please ask for details.

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