Posts Tagged: confidence

  • 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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  • Making the Grade!

    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.

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  • Guest Post: Extreme Character Challenge 2018

    At Handcrafted, we talk about ‘changing stories’. As people become part of a community, they find it easier to exit destructive cycles associated with other places and people. As they, turn their time and skills into real things like chairs and tables they reclaim a sense of self worth. Overcoming challenges, they turn ‘can’t’ into… Read more »

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  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th of April has dawned; the most recent in a hat-trick of grey days when the weather has conspired to drag our moods down. Superstition dictates this is an unlucky day, that you might be safer to stay under the quilt, but we have a full compliment of trainees in the workshop, rearing… 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Confidence built, mood lifted.

    Trevor is one of our trainees who has been coming along to Handcrafted since March 2016.  We asked him what difference Handcrafted has made in his life… “A friend tried to get me to go to Handcrafted for 18 months. People told me I was no good so I didn’t come. Then I thought I… Read more »

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  • Lights … Camera … and More Lights

    It was a proud moment for Handcrafted trainee, Ade, to see his handiwork on television several hours after it was completed and installed in the Old Church at Sacriston. Standing about a meter high, Ade’s illuminated letters formed the backdrop to celebrations at Dan and Kim’s wedding reception. The couple had opted to serve guests… Read more »

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