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; Continue reading “Rediscovering forgotten skills: John’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 and via Facebook about some of our trainees and we were telling the huddle just how popular these had been, and asked if anyone else would like to tell their story. Without hesitation Paul said he’d be up for it and so here it is
Continue reading “It’s not all about woodwork: Paul’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 been on to arrive at this point hasn’t been without some pretty dramatic twists and turns. He explains:
Continue reading “Brought back to life: Graham’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 local hostels, GP’s, Community Policing and the Probation Service, churches, food banks, rehab, community centres and even curious passers-by – it’s all been such a privilege.
Continue reading “The accidental woodworker: Lauren’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 me everything – my relationship with partners, contact with my children, job, driving licence, car, and my own business. Eventually this led to homelessness.
Continue reading “What a difference a day makes: Dean’s Story”