Chris Hellawell is the Founder of the Edinburgh Tool Library, the first charity tool lending library in the UK.
He has worked for a variety of charities both home and abroad, in particular addressing unemployment in disadvantaged groups. It was on visiting one of his old haunts in Toronto when he came across the concept if a tool library. He decided to introduce the idea to the UK, with an added element of employability training for young unemployed people. The Edinburgh Tool Library opened on March the 7th 2015, bringing together the idea of sharing as a way to enrich lives, save money, and reduce consumption, with the social goal of giving young people self belief and a route into the work.