News from Handcrafted

  • Ben’s Story

    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 »

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  • Shola Ameobi becomes Patron of Handcrafted

    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 »

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  • Sarah’s Story

    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 »

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  • Keith’s Story

    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 »

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  • A Hoodie and a Hope and a Future

    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 »

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  • Covid-Secure Night Shelters: What a Win!

    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 »

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  • No space? No tools? No problem!

    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 »

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  • The Student Becomes The Teacher

    Meet Leanne, our new personal trainer. She’s working with Michelle at Handcrafted Women on our new exercise programme: working to support other women towards health, addiction recovery and wholeness through exercise. Leanne is, without sounding like a trite Instagram post, a complete inspiration. In the three months since she’s left prison, she’s built a successful… Read more »

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  • Fresh Beginnings

    Food poverty is a real challenge for many families in the North East. According to the North East Child Poverty Commission, child poverty affects 1 in 4 children in the region; the national average is 1 in 5. The North East also has the highest levels of obesity in the country (30% of adults), and the poverty gap has doubled in… Read more »

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  • National Recognition

    We are thrilled by the national-level coverage of one of our renovations on the “inews” website last week. Mim’s article explains more of what we do as an organisation and how we see prison leavers begin to stand on their own feet and gradually turn their lives around. We are passionate to see those who… Read more »

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  • Our Saw-Some Soapbox

    Most job descriptions don’t include “drive a wooden car made in three weeks down a massive ramp, over four jumps in front of 1200 people”.  However in my second month working with Handcrafted, this is one of the unexpected things I have done. Along with the other teams, we had two attempts to get down… Read more »

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  • One Big Family

    Our Gateshead workshop has increasingly become an array of cultures and languages. Recently, the number of our refugees and asylum seekers has grown, and they have shared their stories and become included in our diverse community.

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