COVID 19 outbreak update

Edinburgh Tool Library

ETL’s Future

Dear Reader,

This must be the eeriest way to start a relaunched website, and not the first thing we would want you to read, but needs must.

Everyone connected with the ETL hope that you are safe, healthy, and staying indoors to aid our NHS and the amazing array of support services in tackling the current crisis. As our way of saying thank you to them, we are going to give a free year’s membership to any NHS staff presenting us their badge, once we are open again.

Whilst our public-facing services have been closed since March 16th, our staff and volunteers have been beavering away improving our database, polishing up this new website, and generating social media content to keep your spirits up. They’re already finding ways of helping others during this time of crisis, as well as continuing to support the needs of ETL.

You may see our van out in Wester Hailes where Jonny is volunteering with WHALE Arts to deliver food and art supplies to the community, or Andrew, a regular workshop volunteer, driving blood donations around the city. We’ve given equipment to Bridge 8 Hub and Bikes for Refugees to support their Free Bikes for Key Workers programme and are heavily involved with Edinburgh Mask Makers supporting the making, collection and distribution of non-medical masks to key workes, care homes and charities around Edinburgh and the Lothians. It’s inspiring to see members of our community step up when others need them the most.

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The superstars at the Scran Academy with their new masks as they prep hot meals for North Edinburgh

Your support is essential

In light of the corona virus crisis, we want to emphasize how essential your support is to us. We exist to serve your needs, but without your support, we face difficult times ahead. In order to keep the Edinburgh Tool Library functioning so that we are here to help our community when we all come out the other side, we would ask that you continue to renew your membership online with us when the time comes. You can even renew early, and a year will be put on your expiry date. We rely on memberships to enable us to function, and now we need you more than ever.

For those of you unable to take advantage of a Tool Library membership, but who wish to support us through this difficult time, you can give as much or as little as you want by clicking the donate button below. You’ll be redirected to Paypal where you can pay through a Paypal account, or by card. One-off donations are welcome, and you can also set up regular monthly donations of smaller amounts. Think of it as buying your Tool Library pals a pint once a month!

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Since opening 5 years ago, you have leaned on us to help with your projects, and we have saved our members over £875,000 cumulatively. We now need to lean on you. If every member renewed their membership today, and got one other person to join the tool library, we would see this thing through and be ready to get you making on the other side. The Edinburgh Tool Library will be an important asset to your community when we reach the end of this crisis. Let’s make sure it is still there to help build a brighter future.

Thank you in advance for your support. We will working hard behind the scenes, and we look forward to connecting with you again soon. Keep in touch, keep smiling, and read on to find out all the things that you didn’t know ETL did!

Much love, 

Chris Hellawell

Director, The Edinburgh Tool Library

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Our volunteers rebuilding a vandalised pirate ship for Castleview Primary School. Can you help keep the ETL flag flying?
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Every penny raised goes back into our community spaces and the future of ETL.

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