Christmas Appeal 2019
Will you support Sheldon’s apprenticeship this Christmas?
We are excited to bring to you TWAM’s 2019 Christmas Appeal, for a very special cause. Tools with a Mission has a great
history of supporting volunteers in the UK and without them we simply could not do what we do.
Many come to us as a way back into work. Sheldon never thought his volunteering would lead to working for TWAM, for him it was just about doing something worthwhile in his spare time. But as we looked to get extra help in Ipswich, we could not overlook this hardworking, committed young man who is working his socks off for TWAM!
TWAM provides a safe place for individuals from all backgrounds to gain skills and flourish.
We are delighted to recognise this in Sheldon and offer him an apprenticeship with TWAM, starting on 2 January 2020. This is not without it’s financial challenges, and we’re hoping you can help us.
Sheldon isn’t your average 17 year old. “I’ve been in foster care
for almost 10 years. After finishing my GCSE’s I had a lot of time on
my hands. I learnt about TWAM from Holly Lodge Baptist Church after
speaking to John (a TWAM volunteer). He recommended I volunteer at the
Ipswich Refurbishment Centre in October 2018 and I’m still here!”
Sheldon started with TWAM sorting tools and is now working in all areas
of the centre, including coordinating the Builders Kits. Trevor, TWAM’s
Refurbishment Centre Manager, saw great potential in Sheldon and
recommended him for an apprenticeship as his assistant. School graduates
like Sheldon often thrive in apprenticeships rather than continuing with
formal higher education.
Mike, TWAM's CEO says:
“In order to meet the demand for tools and increase the number of countries we
support, we need to double the containers we send within five years. If we are going
to do this, we need to employ key people who will take the strain and stress off our
current staff and volunteers. I am in no doubt that Sheldon is one of those key people.
Please support this appeal if you can.”
How can you help?
The government support this scheme, but it doesn’t go all the way! We need your help to support Sheldon’s apprenticeship costs.