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 the bike he’s working on that’s being rebuilt.  He told us…

“I heard about Handcrafted through someone at the Salvation Army, it sounded like it would be something a bit different to do,  so I came along.

I’d been through a spell of being homeless; sometimes I’d stay in hostels and I’ve even ended up sleeping rough at times.  My health has been challenging too and I’ve been through a time of going in and out of hospital.  I’d say my faith in Jesus really got me through this tough spell and helped get my life sorted out again, so now I’m living independently. On the journey to where I am now, Handcrafted’s bike project has also been really helpful.

I’ve rediscovered, through working on bicycles there, that I have skills that I’d forgotten about and this has boosted my confidence.  The workshop is really friendly and we enjoy a good laugh as we work on the bikes;

it feels really good to help others out on their projects as well.  All the guys at Handcrafted are brilliant. I’m making new friends and now we often meet up on a Monday night after the workshop has finished.  I’ve now completed a six week course, built my own bike from scratch and I’m really looking forward to getting out and about on it!”

We’re thrilled with continued development of our cycle project, four trainees have now successfully completed our introductory 6 week course and have built a bike from scratch and been able to ride home on it!  It looks like it will be no time at all before we need to get our woodwork trainees involved to build us a bike shelter.

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