Trainee Stories — all blog posts

  • 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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  • Brought back to life: Graham’s Story

    Graham is a regular at Handcrafted; if you were to ever visit our workshop he’d definitely be one of the first guys to come and introduce himself and see if he could help you in anyway.  You’d be forgiven for feeling he was one of life’s naturally outgoing and confident people, but the journey he’s… Read more »

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  • The accidental woodworker: Lauren’s Story

    At Handcrafted we do our very best to offer a really warm welcome for all who come along, no matter how people came to find us.  Over the years we’ve been continually blessed by the wide variety of routes by which people have made their way to our workshop – word of mouth, referrals from… Read more »

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  • What a difference a day makes: Dean’s Story

    We’re continually inspired by the progress made and the creativity unlocked as trainees get involved with Handcrafted.  We asked Dean if we could share his story on our blog, and this is it, in his own words. “I had a longstanding alcohol problem that had been going on for a number of years.  It cost… Read more »

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  • Meet Luke!

    Luke came to us in the summer of 2016 from a homeless hostel. He struggled with this environment, feeling cut off from the outside world and facing financial challenges which often meant he struggled to buy food for the day. He was encouraged to come to Handcrafted by another on of our trainee’s, Luke said at… Read more »

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