Donations of materials and hand tools

Skillway, which operates from the Old Chapels in Deanery Road, Godalming  GU7 2PG, is always in need of good quality remnants, surplus, or redundant materials to use in our woodworking and metalwork shops.

We teach challenged young local people manual skills that can set them up for college courses and work in the Mechanical, engineering and Building construction trades.

Good quality materials are more and more expensive to buy and Skillway runs as economically as it can and is a Registered Charity with many years of successful operation to its name.

We would like donations of  planed timber,    soft or hardwood,  of a size and quantity that would enable tutors to make the same small project with 4 students.

Pieces of timber suitable for turning on a lathe to make small bowls and platters, table legs etc would also be very welcome.

Sheet metal,   mild steel,   copper,  brass  and aluminium would also be very much appreciated.

And  have you got any still servicable hand tools that are no longer needed?  We can always find a good home for them too.

Mission Statement

Skillway trains young people in manual craft skills to give them a better future with ongoing employment opportunities. 


Skillway is based in the Old Chapels in Deanery Road, Godalming.  The young people are usually aged 14 to 16 or 17.  They come for one day per week, on recommendation of their school.

We have an excellent employed Workshop Manager and two employed tutors, but most skills are taught by volunteers who have specific craft skills, aided by other volunteers who can give skilled and/or pastoral support.

The main skills offered are Woodworking,   Metalwork & basic engineering,   Practical motor mechanics,  stone carving,   creative arts including jewellery making and working with glass.