News from Handcrafted

  • Reaching Out

    Asking a hard question Every day, we hear stories, big and small, that give us confidence that Handcrafted Projects is making a real difference to real people. We want to meet the people we can help and give them the best possible opportunity to join us. Recently, we looked again at how many people actually… Read more »

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  • Turning life the right way up again: Anthony’s Story

    Speaking to Anthony today, it’s hard to imagine he was at rock bottom just five months ago when he first showed up at our workshop. It had been a tough year. Anthony had started drinking after a relationship breakup, and he lost his job soon afterwards as things spiralled out of control. Estranged from his… Read more »

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  • Christmas Fayre 2017

    The culmination of a few months of planning and creating seasonal products, our annual Christmas Fayre this year surpassed all the previous ones in the quantity and quality of products on offer and the amount we raised. When it comes to the intangibles, the conversations, the atmosphere, the encouraging stories and the sense of pride… Read more »

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  • The Pen is Mightier than the Saw

    Reclaiming discarded scraps of wood and turning them into something attractive and useful portrays only too well what we are all about at Handcrafted. Even a bit of timber is worthy of another chance. The Handcrafted Pen has been a “bestseller” since we produced the first batch over a year ago. We can’t make them… Read more »

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  • Getting more than he came for: Ian’s Story

    Ian started coming along to our workshop in Langley Moor about six months ago. He really needed somewhere to live, and he thought he could put up with a bit of woodworking if that was going to be part of it. “I was staying at a friend’s house, but I couldn’t stay there indefinitely. I… Read more »

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  • Eight week turnaround: Jimmy’s Story

    “There’s only so long you can sit and spend your time looking at four walls” says Jimmy, reflecting on his life just eight weeks ago. “I would wake up any time and sit in my room doing nothing all day, and  so I thought I’d get my referral put in and start coming here.” Jimmy heard… Read more »

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  • Seven Brave The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

    The concept of Handcrafted was first inspired by a man who said, “After 12 years or taking heroin, stealing cars and getting benefits; I want to be someone who actually gives something.” He went on to do the Three Peaks challenge and raise £500 for WaterAid to provide clean water to drought-stricken areas. That same… Read more »

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  • Coming back for more: Tom’s story

    We’ve been reflecting recently about how people started to come along to Handcrafted in the first place.  Tom told us how he began to get involved. “I’d been unemployed for a few years and one day when I was at the Job Centre they told me that I’d needed to go on a course and… Read more »

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  • Walking miracle: Brian’s Story

    Life can sometimes seem to have a way of pulling the rug out from under our feet just when we least expect it.  Brian had been making his way to work when he has hit by a van – he ended up in a coma and spent best part of 2 months in hospital.  When… Read more »

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  • Rediscovering forgotten skills: John’s Story

    One of the things that we find most inspiring is when our trainees tell us how getting involved in any of our projects really helps them to grow in confidence and see themselves in a more positive way.  John has been coming along to or cycle maintenance project, and it’s clear that it’s not just… Read more »

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  • It’s not all about woodwork: Paul’s Story

    We start each day in our workshop by gathering everyone together for what has come to be known as ‘the huddle’.  It’s the time when we chat through the day ahead, discuss plans, ask for or offer to help and of course share any news.  We’ve recently shared a couple of stories on our blog… Read more »

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  • Love You to the Moon and Back

    A trip to the handcrafted workshop may not be on the list of ‘things to do’ for many prospective bride and grooms but it certainly was for Jimi and Megan. They asked for our help to create a special something for their reception.  Whilst most couples getting married hope their wedding day will be ‘out… Read more »

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