Make do and mend – with the new Toolbank

Dean at Toolbank. Photo by Lucy

Sheffield Community Toolbank logoStory by Jenny Tibbles| Photo by Lucy Melleney

You may start to see a new logo around Burngreave and Sheffield… Sheffield Community Toolbank is the new name for the Toolbank, that is run by Green City Action from Abbeyfield Park House.

Lucy Melleney, Development Manager for Green City Action says:

“We wanted to make the tools available both to local people and also to people further afield in Sheffield, who are concerned about the level of consumption and waste in our society. At heart we are an environmental charity and therefore want to reduce the need for people to keep buying brand new tools, which end up sitting on a shelf; instead they can borrow them when they need them at a very reasonable cost.”

Other things have been changing recently at the Toolbank. There’s a new co-ordinator in place, Dean Hill, who’s brought along some fresh energy and vision! Dean and a new volunteer, Jack, have worked hard at cleaning and sorting and the room has a new layout, making things a lot more visible – easier to find and easier to see what we have.

We have been working hard to enter the 21st Century, all of our tools are now listed on-line, using the MyTurn website, so that you can check out the tools available, from the comfort of your own home! In the future, we will be working on an online booking system too.

There is a wide variety of tools, ranging from hand tools, such as spanners and saws, to petrol powered gardening tools including, hedge-trimmers and strimmers. All tools are hired out for a week-long period, Saturday to Saturday at low prices, to make them affordable for all. Dean is also available to offer help and handy tips on which tools you may need.

As well as making tools affordable, Toolbank is committed to helping reduce waste, by encouraging sharing of underused assets – we don’t all need to buy electric drills that end up sitting for most of the year unused in a cupboard! We have good quality tools that are useful for most popular DIY tasks, that can be hired when you need them.

To launch all of our new features, we will be having an event at Abbeyfield Park House on Saturday 23rd March, 10am-4pm. Toolbank will be open for you to have a look around and we will also be providing an onsite tool-sharpening service and tool swap. Bring along old tools in decent repair that you no longer use and swap them for something different!

Alongside the Toolbank, there will be Repair Sheffield and Bitfixit, who will be available to repair items to stop you having to replace them. Bring along any items that you need repairing – Bitfixit will look at any computer repairs and problems you may have.

Also on the day Pitsmoor People’s Kitchen will be hosting one of their regular events – cooking Serbian Chicken.

All are welcome to come along, bring your items to be sharpened, repaired or swapped, have a chat and enjoy some delicious refreshments.

Sheffield Cpmmunity Toolbank