They moved into their current studio, a former car park of the Whittington Estate, in September 2021, breathing life into a space which had been disused for 30 years. Their approach was to be mindful and inclusive of this new space. Honey explains, “People were at our doorstep, and we are at theirs.” Ricky says, “We’re here, not as just as an organisation that’s on your estate. We’re here to be part of your community.”
As a way to give back to their immediate neighbours, Wood That Works launched the Doorstep project, which provides a free woodwork session for children and adults on the estate. Camilla explains, “We had the idea of making a planter because everyone’s got a balcony here. Every person has the opportunity not only to build something, but to grow something as well.”
A lasting impact
Wood That Works is known as a welcoming, safe space for the whole community.Honey shares the experience of teaching a young autistic student, who because of successive lockdowns, had shut down and would cry when he had to go anywhere. “He stood in the corner of the workshop, his gaze was to the floor, he was non-communicative,’ she says. They wondered how they would get him to make a birdbox, but by the end of the week Honey says, he was “hammering by himself, he would look up and express joy and delight. We understood his sense of humour, we understood that he wanted to be here and he was gaining a lot from that experience. It was very moving.”
For Ricky, it’s the lasting impact on the community that is crucial to him: “We’re here to help. It wasn’t set up to make money. What’s important is the community, without community you’ve got nothing.”
Get in touch
If you are interested in the classes, you have some furniture that is broken that you want to mend or donate, or just want to chat more about the woodworking studio, get in touch with the team at Wood That Works at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a company that wants to get involved and support this fantastic initiative, you can fund a session, among other things. Get in touch to find out more.