John Wetherby (1939 - 2023)
Tools for Self Reliance (Coventry and Warwickshire) originated in 1992, but by 2014 its activities had significantly decreased. At this point John Wetherby became Chair, and under his leadership the group went from strength to strength. John increased the membership significantly, and provided volunteers with efficient organisation, encouragement, and inspiration.
Since this time the group has contributed more than £25K to the national charity (Tools for Self Reliance) from tool sales, and large numbers of tools have been sent to Africa for use in training courses.
John retired from his position as Chair in 2021, but remained as an active member, and took pains to ensure that the group was able to continue its valuable work in the future. Throughout his time with the group, John was patiently supported by his wife Jennifer, to whom we are also most grateful.
We would like to pay tribute to John for his remarkable achievements, and to express our gratitude for his leadership, dedication, good humour and friendship. He will be sadly missed.
21st June 2023
Tea for Tools
Angela organized and catered for two superb events this year, raising over £500 for Tools for Self Reliance.
18th March 2023
Selling on eBay
We have significantly increased our presence on eBay. You can see what we have for sale by clicking this link:
1st January 2023
A Change of Name
We decided that the previous name of our group (Tools for Self Reliance Coventry and Warwickshire Volunteer Group) was too long. So we are now called "ToolsAbroad". Nothing else has changed - we still send tools we collect, and money we raise, to the national charity "Tools for Self Reliance".
23rd October 2022
Another Good Year
As we approach the end of 2022, we have already raised well over £4,500 for Tools for Self Reliance.
5th August 2022
Summer Fund Raisers
Spurred on by the challenge and example set by Head Office, we organised our own summer social fund raisers.
10th February 2022
A Message of Appreciation
Over the past five years, the Coventry and Warwickshire Volunteer Group has raised over £24K, which has been sent to ...
16th October 2021
The Haberdashery Hunt
Coventry Volunteers Angela and Dorcus have been busy collecting haberdashery, and recently took a trip to Tools for Self Reliance HQ to make a delivery.
15th October 2021
Tools Sales Update
Our face-to-face tools sales have come to an end for this year, which has been our most successful yet. With the help of our volunteers, customers, and supporters, we have been able to send over £8,000 to Tools for Self Reliance to help them continue their excellent work during what has been a difficult time for all charities.
8th October 2021
8th August 2021
Workshops at Bablake School Restart
Following the ending of the government restrictions that were imposed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, we have now negotiated a return to our workshops at Bablake School. There is of course a continuing need for vigilance, and measures to maximise the safety of all concerned are in place.