The Woodworks Project

Service User Support

Support for 10 service users suffering a mental disability undertaking furniture or upholstery workshop as part of their recovery.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1158320)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation

  • “I want to take part in a creative activity such as the upholstery or the woodwork. I would benefit from being with people, and having some structure / purpose to my day by attending the workshop as well as learning something that may be useful to me in the future when I feel well enough.

    — J

  • The Woodworks Project has been incredibly supportive and helpful in building my life back up, giving me some much needed self-esteem and the encouragement to continue learning specialist finishing skills (French polishing). Due to mostly the routines and discipline of coming here.

    — S

  • "I have repeatedly witnessed my clients benefiting from their time at The Woodworks and see it as a unique and vital resource enabling their respective journeys to recovery."

    — Dr Richard Stanton

  • I am writing to you as I wanted to say what a great service you offer for people to help them move forward in their lives. Your service is particularly useful as I am an aftercare drug and alcohol worker and it gives them a unique opportunity to engage in some really worthwhile meaningful occupatio

    — Reintegration Champion Worker


The Woodworks Project are here to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people to learn traditional woodworking and upholstery skills in an environment that is friendly, supportive and inclusive. Through regular participation in our workshops, people have the opportunity to develop life skills and self confidence. The people who come to our projects make, renovate and upholster furniture, which is then sold in our city centre furniture and antiques shop.


Delivering a series of eight workshops annually, which will each enable ten people to participate and learn traditional upholstering. Each course will teach a different skill set, aligned initially to the content of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers Upholstery Qualification syllabus. Aimed at people aged 18+ who would like to improve their mental health and wellbeing.