Wood That Works offer paid courses as well as subsidising the cost for students who are unable to pay. Their courses encourage everyone to join, with focus on marginalised groups. Ricky says: “Women, victims of crime, ex-servicemen, disability groups, Camden and Islington’s Youth Offenders. We teach right through the spectrum from children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Asperger’s, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, we don’t segregate anyone. They’re all in the same classes.” says Ricky.
Former child psychotherapist Honey Halit had been sending children from the school where she works to Ricky’s classes. Seeing first-hand the transformative effect that the workshops were having inspired her to join forces with him. She describes Ricky as “part of the tapestry of the community.” For Camilla Maxwell-Comfort, a graphic designer who also joined Wood That Works, getting involved was also about their shared experiences. “I don’t think it’s a mistake that we’ve all been drawn together because of our dyslexia,” she says.