volunteers John Harcourt, Roy Barnard, John Howell, Brian Sharp and TFSR Chief Executive Sarah Ingleby

Volunteers John Harcourt, Roy Barnard, John Howell, Brian Sharp and TFSR Chief Executive Sarah Ingleby

Charity, Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR) recently welcomed six used Tormek sharpening machines to its HQ in Netley Marsh. The machines came from BriMarc and Tormek and were previously for the use of students at Leeds College.  Leeds College now have the Tormek T-8 for their students.

Tools for Self Reliance collects tools for sending to development projects in Africa, helping local communities affected by poverty with the development of sustainable livelihoods and income diversification. However, the Tormek T-7s will be used in the charity's workshops throughout the UK to prepare tools for sending to Africa.

More specifically, TFSR works within six African countries: Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Ian Limbrick, deputy CEO of the charity said: “We recognise that these Tormek sharpeners are the gold standard when it comes to tool sharpening machines and that they will enable our volunteer groups to produce finished chisels and planes sharpened to a high standard. We are very grateful to BriMarc and Tormek for their kind and generous donation and we can assure you we will put them to very good use.”

Throughout the UK, there are a total of 778 volunteers working for TFSR. The majority of these volunteers work in 45 volunteer groups spread from Aberdeen to the south coast. Each volunteer group has a workshop where they collect tools donated by members of the public, refurbish them to ‘as new’ standard and then send them on to Netley Marsh for inclusion in kits sent to Africa. Without the volunteers TFSR would not be able to provide tools together with vocational and business training to its project participants. In 2016 the charity trained and equipped 3,705 people working with its partner organisations in the six countries we work within in Africa.

To find out more, see the
Tools for Self Reliance website