Stratford and Evesham Methodist Circuit


Welford Methodist Circuit

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Welford Methodist Church collects tools for disadvantaged people

WORKAID tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, the organisation has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. Last year they shipped 8 large containers of tools to East Africa (around 25,000 tools) around 80 tonnes of equipment which would otherwise have probably gone to landfill.

Welford Methodist Church recently combined their 2016 Workaid collection with a coffee morning and a steady flow of sewing machines and tools began arriving at the church though some had been collected earlier and were put straight into temporary storage. We were pleased to welcome Brian Atkins who is the inspiration for this work and he was able to bring John Teare who has visited Workaid supported projects in Tanzania and had a pictorial record of the work being done.

Workaid tools
Workaid van

We are grateful for all those who contributed tools and to many people who helped on the day to make this a worth-while exercise.

Brian has responded on behalf of Carpenters` Kids:-

Thank you very much indeed for all you did to make Saturday's Coffee Morning and Tool Collection such a success. It goes without saying that the tools are like "gold dust" out in Dodoma, and I shall be pressing Workaid to schedule another shipment to Tanzania very soon. We shall need such help as we will have to supply "Starter Sets" for the 100 graduates in 18 months' time. So thank you very much indeed!