Chichester Local Centre
Centre Leader: Dave Bassett
Volunteering locally in Chichester and surrounding area
To donate tools please
Email: Mike Redhead on firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: You can also phone the church office of Chichester Baptist Church and they will pass your details on to us. Please don't drop off tools at the church until you hear from us, as we like to be there to meet you and personally receive your tools.
We meet: In our own workshops Tuesday and Thursday mornings and arrange to collect tools all week.
A little bit about us
Our group was started by Peter Watkins and Clinton Grant about 25 years ago. It started to grow into the enthusiastic group we now know, when many of us joined in 2011. The group has grown every since with people regularly joining us.
What we do
We collect tools from people who either ring or email us, and also accept tools dropped off at the church. We then sort them, and refurbish some of them ready for the TWAM van to collect. The tools then go to the main Ipswich Refurbishment and Distribution Centre in Suffolk. We don't send anything to TWAM that cannot be sent out to Africa. The photo below is of one of our garages prior to the TWAM van arriving!
Volunteer with us
We are always looking for volunteers to join us. This could be collecting tools from the general public, or helping sort and refurbish them in one of our three workshops (or of course both). The workshops are all in our garden sheds or garages. We normally encourage new volunteers to start collecting and then join us refurbishing when they get more confident.
Volunteers receive an ID pack, letters of introduction, newsletters and pamphlets, plus a TWAM polo shirt and fleece. We are a friendly group and you can be sure of a warm welcome.
We love what we do, as it is very rewarding and moving to collect tools, especially from widows who have lost their husbands and desperately want to avoid their cherished tools going to landfill. We enjoy spending time sharing with them how their tools will be used. We think this is an important part of our volunteering.
At the moment we also have a weekly Zoom meeting on a Tuesday to keep everyone together.
We all really enjoy what we do and the satisfaction of knowing the tools we collect will be saved from landfill and sent to Africa to transform lives.
Please visit our dedicated volunteer website for details: