Shola Ameobi becomes Patron of Handcrafted

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The Newcastle United star Shola Ameobi has been appointed as the patron of Handcrafted, having supported us for a number of years. He was drawn to Handcrafted because we engage with individuals who have experienced real setbacks, to offer the practical training, support and housing that can empower them to turn their lives around. “I… Read more »

Sarah’s Story

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The pandemic has thrown many of us into very scary and challenging situations. The lockdowns have been really tough as we’ve dealt with restrictions, isolation and fear for the future. One thing that has been amazing to see at Handcrafted is the way that our trainees build resilience within themselves and find the strength to… Read more »

Keith’s Story

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Keith started coming to Handcrafted over 4 years ago. At the time, he was homeless, and battling an addiction to alcohol. “I’ve been coming to Handcrafted for nearly 5 years now. I went on one of the machines and I had no confidence whatsoever. I couldn’t do nowt. I was so low and drink was… Read more »

A Hoodie and a Hope and a Future

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They are carbon neutral, organic cotton, fairwear certified, hand printed with vegan ink in this workshop by people who are turning their lives around to set up their own jobs and enterprises. Find out about our hoodies in this video, including a message from Newcastle Hall of Fame Footballer, Shola Ameobi.   The hoodies will… Read more »

Covid-Secure Night Shelters: What a Win!

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Many of the creative people who bring their courage and skill to the Handcrafted community have experienced rough sleeping and homelessness first hand. So, when we were invited to collaborate with Durham Winter Night Shelter in making the shelter Covid-Secure, there was a real passion to help out. Here’s how the space was transformed by… Read more »

No space? No tools? No problem!

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I love looking at sites like Pinterest and the YouTube channels spearheading the “makers revolution”: seeing the incredible creativity of some humans – especially when they are transforming things that might otherwise be destined for landfill. But I hate feeling like a bystander, having neither the space or the tools, and possibly lacking the confidence… Read more »

Making the Grade!

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The smile says it all. Keith is one of the first crop of trainees graduating from our in-house training program this month. Keith’s lovingly finished cue case is the envy of his pals at the local snooker club.

The Power of Suggestion

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There isn’t a roadmap for what we are doing at Handcrafted. We have a clear sense of our mission to restore and empower people through training in the context of a creative and inclusive community. We know that there’s always room for improvement and innovation. In formal meetings and casual conversations, we are preoccpied with… Read more »

Enter … Aly – our new Project Development Officer

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Narrator’s Voice: We’ve been running a workshop in Gateshead since January 2017, practically working out our conviction that the Handcrafted way of doing things can have a powerful effect in other localities. Initially open for just 8 hours a week, and running bicycle repair courses alongside woodworking in a small workshop, we were helped by… Read more »

Backwoods Ingenuity: The Kentucky Stick Chair

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When I first heard the words ‘Kentucy Stick Chair’ it was hard to dismiss the image of a piece of furniture somehow constructed from pieces of deep-fried chicken. It turned out that what we were really talking about was no less extraordinary. The original Kentucky Stick Chairs would have been made from humble sticks and… Read more »

Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th of April has dawned; the most recent in a hat-trick of grey days when the weather has conspired to drag our moods down. Superstition dictates this is an unlucky day, that you might be safer to stay under the quilt, but we have a full compliment of trainees in the workshop, rearing… Read more »