WorkaidLogoAs well as giving 10% of our regular income to charities, every year St Oswald’s selects a charity to support as a project and in 2016 we are supporting WorkAid, a charity based in Chesham.

What WORKAID does 

WORKAID tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, WORKAID has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families.

How they do it

WorkAidUnwanted tools and equipment are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at the WORKAID workshop.
The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses. Any items which are not suitable for sending overseas can be sold in the WORKAID shop or on e-bay to help fund our work.
Help break the cycle of poverty.
We accept donations including all trade tools (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, building, blacksmithing, welding, lathes, motor mechanic tools, manual and electric sewing machines, knitting machines, leather working, upholstering, haberdashery, wools and yarns, sturdy adult bicycles, horticultural tools, typewriters and many other items.
You can support WORKAID by:     
  (1) Donating your unwanted tools.     
  (2) Giving your time as a volunteer.     
  (3) Making a donation
You can visit their web site for more details -

Choir   Fair Trade Breakfast

We have held a sponsored choir marathon where people could choose songs to be sung in exchange for a donation.


We have had a fair trade breakfast, which was totally delicious and raised funds whilst also helping out fair trade producers.

Workaid Collection
  Homemade cake

A tool collection for Workaid was held, to collect old tools that could be refurbished for use around the world. This activity was, of course, accompanied by tea and cake!


At the Croxley Revels, Cafe O was out in force, selling hundreds of pieces of homemade cake and copious amounts of tea and coffee!


As you can tell, throughout the year there are many fundraising events towards our parish project. The events range from sedate, sophisticated affairs to informal community events, quizzes and much more. We are delighted that we can contribute to both local and global causes through many events and, at the same time, raise awareness of the plight of those in our communities.
Keep an eye out for upcoming events and please do come and join us to find out more and to meet us.