Posts Tagged: trainee stories

  • 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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  • First Day in the Workshop is a Lift Off

    Even though our trainees keep telling us that they are pleasantly surprised how friendly and inclusive our workshop is when they first come along, those first impressions are so important. It’s like day one in a new job or school: you don’t know what to expect and if you are going to fit in okay…. 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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  • 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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  • 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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