Medway Volunteer Workshop in Kent is a local initiative to help a national charity, Tools with a Mission, headquartered in Ipswich


One donated sewing machine makes a big difference to a life

Donating and refurbishing used sewing machines in Kent can transform lives in Africa. Medway Volunteer Workshop in Chatham refurbish used sewing machines on behalf of Tools with a Mission. Eron’s story shows how worthwhile this can be.

Living in Entebbe, Uganda, with her mother and sister after her father left them, Eron faced uncertain prospects after school. However, thanks to her mother's determination and the support of one of TWAM's local Ugandan partners, Mindset, Eron's life took a remarkable turn.

Eron enrolled in a tailoring course provided by Mindset and on successful completion she was given a sewing machine from TWAM to kickstart her business. With her newfound skills and equipment, Eron quickly became a sought-after tailor in her community, realising her dream of owning a tailoring business.

She now teaches her younger sister tailoring. Eron's vision extends beyond her own success; she aspires to open a larger shop and eventually a tailoring school for school dropouts, recognising the importance of education and empowerment for young girls in her community.

You can help others follow Eron’s path by donating a sewing machine you no longer need or by giving some time to help refurbish tools and sewing machines at MVW’s Chatham workshop - or just by funding some of our (modest) costs; every little helps




We still have space for more volunteers  at Chatham. This probably suits retired tradespeople with a few hours to spare each week, working alongside likeminded volunteers; shifts are around four hours and you can do one or several each week. MVW is especially looking for people with a mechanical or electrical background to work on sewing machines (training is provided).

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