Project information

Garden tool recycle and garden furniture making

We have identified that there are garden tools left in sheds when elderley people stop gardening, So the project is to obtain unused garden tools, rennovate into good working order using volunteers who wish to do some physical hands on volunteering. Also make garden furniture using reclaimed wood.


Charity information: Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire

Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire
  • Need


    Tool recycling where the tools would rust and decay and eventually be thrown into landfill, this will utilise a variety of unused tools in the community.


    The tools will be rennovated into a usable tool and reduce the amount of unused tools that are just disposed of at council tips.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Advertise for people with unused tools to donate the tools for the project.


    » Advertise in local press, with flyers for local locations for donation of unused tools

    What success will look like

    Success will be... 100 tools minimum to be rennovated through the advertising.

    Aim 2

    Recruit Volunteers to work on rennovating tools. Then train them on tool rennovation.


    » Recruit Volunteers through the volunteer brokerage service, the train those recruited in how to rennovate the tools.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... 20 new volunteers who want to rennovate the tools and leran new skills.

    Aim 3

    Distribute the tools to the community or sell on at Farmers market


    » Advertise the availability of tools for the community and distribute through the Volunteer Centre to other community groups, allotments etc.
    » Take the tools to a Farmers Market and sell at resonable prices to reflect that they have been rennovated, funds raised to go back into project.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... Tools redistributed or sold so that all tools that are rnnovated are distributed or sold

    Aim 4

    Manufacture garden furniture to sell at Farmers market on the same stall as the tools.


    » Recruit Volunteers who want to learn woodworking skills to make garden furniture.
    » Come up with a portfolio of furniture, using ideas generated by the volunteers, and the wood that is available through recycled material.
    » Make the furniture and take to Farmers market to sell, proceeds to go back into project running costs.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... A good product range, furniture made to a good quality and sold, Volunteers with new skills learnt.

  • Impact


    Volunteers with meaningful volunteering opportunity that enables them to learn new skills in tool rennovation and garden furniture construction. This will benefit individuals who are unemployed, or who want to do some practical volunteering, this will improve employability, increase skills of volunteers, there will be a sense of achievement and team work.
    Tools that can now be used in the community and not left unused in a shed.


    There is a risk that tools will not be found, if this happens we will concentrate on the furniture making which will take its place.
    There is the health and safety risk of volunteers using tools to rennovate and manufacture, Public liability and employee liability insurance will cover this risk together with Health and safety briefing and training.


    I will report to Donors as regularly as the donor requires either with a report, or by filling in and form the donor uses for reporting.
    I will evaluate to cover the aims from the project and the outcomes that have come from the aims.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,286

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      Amount Heading Description
      £450 Vol expenses expenses for volunteer travel and lunch
      £3,661 management Salary 6hrs per week 44weeks management of project salary
      £350 mileage transport to collect tools for rennovation and take to Farmers market
      £500 rent workshop rent
      £750 tools and insurance public and employee liability insurance and tools to do rennovating.
      £575 overheads and publicity phone,electricity, flyers and press adverts
  • Background


    North Warwickshire is an Rural area with three large market towns and various villages, there is a mixture of age groups with a number of people who are unemployed, and due to poor transport links can feel isolated. We have done a garden buddy project maintianing gardens for elderely residents, and this has shown tha their are edlerley with tools that are no longer used.


    The unemployed will benefit as they will be able to volunteer on a project that will utilise tools that ae no longer used. People in the community will have acces to tools that will be given free so will help them financially to have garden tools to be able to grow their own produce with. The environment will benefit by recycling tools and also wood fro the furniture making.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are best placed because we already have good contacts with people in the community, with the local council with the libraries, we also have volunteers who would want to do this project and a member of staff who has handyman skills who is able to look at how to rennovate items and make garden furniture. We also have the garden buddy project which gives us contact with people who may want garden furniture.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Horner

    Project Manager and Handyman. His role will be to manage the project, do the publicity and manage the volunteers to do the rennovation.