Few times a year we run a small number of training workshops in sewing machine and tools sections for local refugees, asylum seekers and other people marginalised in our society.
During this training participants learn how to use various hand tools and gain new skills on refurbishing them for a project in East Africa. There is a mixed work environment, so people can see work of other volunteers and take part in different areas of workshop as well. Tools For Solidarity provides vegetarian lunches and day bus tickets during the training days. As a present TFS gives to all participants a tools kit at the end of the training and a certificate that states they hard work with our organisation.
Last year we had 4 days of Tools Maintenance and Skills Training Course with 5 participants with different background. We are happy to share their experience with everyone.
On the first day of Tools Maintenance and Skills Training Course we are meeting our participants and give a general information about organisation’s work. During the day they learn basics of carpenter as well as trying to refurbish some tools. Our international volunteers always happy to participate in this event and help trainees with every possible aspect.
On the second day of our course participants are getting to know all depths of TFS work and already have a success with tools refurbishing. One of the main features of the programme is communication. Therefore, we are trying to build a friendly environment in the workshop and always happy to hear different stories from our trainees.
On the third day of Tools Maintenance and Skills Training our participants were sharpening chisels and making hammers. These are essentials of any refurbishing processes and we are happy to be able to provide it. Each trainee was amazed by their own work especially those who has never done anything like this before!
On the last day of training our participants were finishing with tools they have been working on during the week. It was a hard time to say goodbye to each trainee because they became a part of the organisation during these few days. However, we were happy to present to each participant a certificate and a kit of tools that they can use in their daily life!