News

Work on what will be our new permanent home in Roseberry Place, will be starting soon and if all goes to plan we hope it should be ready for us to move into by spring next year. This will represent a new chapter for the charity and will give us invaluable stability for the future, not to mention a wonderful riverside location.

Our shop in Southgate Street, that has been secured for the future on a peppercorn rent, has been a great success since it was opened by Ken Loach, in September 2014. Our shop manager Morgan, has done an exceptional job of creating a beautiful and stylish shop that has already become well known to the residents of Bath. Morgan’s tireless efforts and boundless enthusiasm have created a reel buzz about the shop and importantly this has been reflected in the takings. 

The success of the shop has meant we have been able to employ two part-time delivery drivers, Mark and Alistair are doing a great job delivering and collecting from our donors and customers which allows Morgan to focus on what he does best running the wonderful shop he has created for us. Like all charities, generating income is always a difficulty, so revenue from our shop is vital to us to ensure we are able to continue to help and support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantage people in our community. So if you have bought something from our shop, we would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of our charity and our clients.



Our fantastic workshops have been open since September 2015 and since then we’ve had over 120 referrals to our projects. Our relationships with our referring agencies and organisations built up in the ten years of the project’s previous incarnation, have gone from strength to strength and we are now engaging and taking referrals from completely new routes. Our reputation and profile as a charity providing a unique opportunity for disadvantaged people  has become well established, and our organisation is now well respected by health and social care professionals throughout our area. We don’t think we’re exaggerating to say that The Woodworks Project is now the first word on people’s lips when it comes to this kind of meaningful, challenging, yet satisfying therapeutic activity.

Our furniture workshop project now has two very full days and due to continuing demand, we are considering extending that to three days. We are also in talks with Sirona Care and Health with a view to establishing a joint run project at our workshop aimed specifically at those with learning difficulties. We still have some practical issues to sort out for this but are confident that it will go ahead. We feel this is an good illustration of how our charity is growing and evolving to meet the needs of our client groups.

Our upholstery project is still running one day per week at present but once attendance stabilises we hope increase this. We are also hoping that we may be able to work with Sirona to set up a joint run project utilising our upholstery workshop, along the same lines as our plans for the woodwork group.


 

Our Public Upholstery courses have been on hold for a while, while we try to find a replacement for our former tutor Leigh Anne, who left us in April. However we believe we are finally near to finding her replacement and hope to start running our courses again in the near future. Our apologies if you have been trying to book a place.

All our achievements over the last three years have come through the hard work of our staff, trustees, and deserving particular mention, our volunteers. None of this would have been possible however, without the help of our many supporters who have provide the vital funding we need each year. So far these wonderful organisations and individuals have given us over £200,000 to help us help others. We would like to say a huge thank you to every single one of you, no matter how large or how small your donation!