I spent 2 years from 2019 working at the Small Woods Association (SWA) in Ironbridge.
As part of their Build a Bench project I was teaching green woodwork to people from the Telford area who are long term unemployed. Many of these people are live with mental health issues or are coming though a period of substance abuse.
Alongside the craft aspect of the project, Small Woods work with the participants to help them find a positive step forward, be it employment, volunteering or educational courses.
Feedback from people who have attended Build a Bench has been overwhelmingly positive. Many find learning new skills in a relaxed environment and the support and advice given to be a huge help.