Dawn’s Story

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Dawn joined the Handcrafted family in July 2021 after being made aware of Handcrafted by another organisation, Junction 42. When she first started coming to our Gateshead Hub, it was purely because she thought it would develop her technical skills in woodwork.   “I wanted something to be more creative”.   Dawn can often be… Read more »

Casey’s Story

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Earlier in 2021, we launched brand new Women’s Groups in our Gateshead and Durham hubs, expanding upon the work we had been doing with women for some years in Chester-le-Street. These groups offered up the opportunity for women in the region to come along and learn new skills – ranging from our usual carpentry training… Read more »

Ben’s Story

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Ben’s* Story  We met Ben shortly after he came out of prison. His life had been completely uprooted and his anxiety and mental health had led him to a point where he no longer wanted to live. At his lowest point, Ben remembered that he had been given the number for a charity which he… Read more »

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 »