Since 2019 I have been working at the Small Woods Association (SWA) in Ironbridge.
As part of their Build a Bench project I have been teaching green woodwork to people from the Telford area who are long term unemployed. Many of these people are living with mental health issues or 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.
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