Tools For Empowerment - Help Us Become Independent

by Rhi Jean in Bristol, Bristol, England

Tools For Empowerment - Help Us Become Independent
We did it
On 10th March 2018 we successfully raised £1,090 with 39 supporters in 28 days

We aim to raise the necessary funds in order to purchase tools and continue our project in a new teaching space.

by Rhi Jean in Bristol, Bristol, England

Tools For Empowerment is a Not-For-Profit designed to teach power tool use to women, trans, non-binary persons, and to support clients within mental health and homeless sectors.

T.F.E are now nearly in the position to run courses in an independent teaching space in Bristol and across the UK. HOWEVER, we are currently short of some basic equipment that  inhibits us from skill sharing.

We have now purchased portable work benches and hand tool kits with funding from LUSH  and the help of Axminster Tools, yet we  are still short of funds to purchase the equipment necessary to run the courses. 

This is because we have no funds! 

With funds we are able to run the kind of beneficial community support projects that are increasingly less available due to austerity measures and a lack of funding through government bodies.

In the summer of 2017 we successfully worked with a group of women at a hostel in London supporting women with mental health needs ( photograph above). We ran a workshop at the housing justice festival at CAT, and workshops for women and LBGQTI and non-binary persons at the Bristol Wood Recycling Project. We were able to do this through borrowing equipment, however running future courses  cannot be offered whilst we need to call on people to borrow tools.  Borrowing equipment makes facilitating courses difficult, and unsustainable, as it means we cannot ever guarantee the running of any course. 

We have so many courses to offer and organisations interested in working with us, we just need to raise £3000 to purchase the drills, impact drivers, a chop saw, sanders, jigsaw, router and safety equipment necessary to teach.



With this equipment we will be able to facilitate courses that empower individuals, counter gendered limitations, and encourage a mind set of skill sharing and community resources. We have done this successfully for five years and we wish to continue to do this in the future, whilst increasing the amount of courses we offer, and increasing the amount of individuals we work with. 

Please help us as we need YOUR SUPPORT TO CONTINUE.

If you are able to give, then please support through this crowdfunding page, and if not share as far and wide as you can.

Thank you for your time and support.

To view more photographs of our workshop, current equipment, the courses we have run or projects we have participated in, please view our facebook page at;


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

8 of 50 claimed

T.F.E Enamel Pin Badge

Our logo printed in black on silver, on a quality enamel pin badge, or a new compass design revealed very soon! We will contact you for your preference. Thank you for your support.

£50 or more

3 of 20 claimed

T.F.E Tee-shirt

T.F.E hand screen printed tee-shirt in white on black, or black on white. We will contact you for your size. Thank you for your support!

£75 or more

1 of 8 claimed

Half Day Drill Use Workshop

A half day workshop in drill use to get you confident in drill drivers and impact drivers, You will leave understanding drill terminology, functions, and bits. We will demo fixing timber into timber, and timber into walls, and after you will do it yourself. This course will give you enough information to understand how to fix mid to light weight shelves, and paintings at home.

£125 or more

0 of 16 claimed

Introduction to power tools course.

A one day course held at our workshop for 8 crowd funder donators. We will teach you how to make a simple reclaimed scaffold board box shelf to be wall or surface mounted. You will; learn to mark and measure, cut perfectly with a hand saw, be inducted in chop saw use, learn a little about jigs and clamping, become competent in drill use, leave with your own workpiece to take home.

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