How We Got Here

The Woodworks Project runs Furniture and Upholstery workshop projects from our professionally equipped workshops. The projects are designed to help those who have faced difficulties through their mental or physical health or history of addiction, to move forward in their lives in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.

The Woodworks Shop is not only a vital revenue stream to help fund our charitable activities, but more importantly, serves as an end point for our clients work, a place where they can see the fruits of their labours admired and bought by the general public.

We aim to create as realistic a work experience as possible for our clients, doing genuinely meaningful and engaging work in structured full-day sessions.

The people who come to our projects, work on making, renovating and upholstering furniture which will then be sold in our shop. Along the way they will learn all the woodworking and upholstery skills needed to produce work to a high standard from our experienced and expert tutors. Our workshops are completely unpressurised, there are no timescales or deadlines to work to and everyone is free to work and learn at a pace that is suitable to them individually.

The Woodworks Project was established in August 2014 to continue the successful furniture workshop project which previously ran for ten years under the umbrella of another well-known Bath charity.  Since opening our doors again to clients as The Woodworks Project in September 2015, we have received over 150 referrals and become a highly respected organisation within the local health and social care network. We believe we have now established ourselves as the first name on peoples' lips when they think of this kind of meaningful, challenging yet satisfying therapeutic activity.

In June 2018 we won our first award, when we were presented with the Creativity for Good award at the Creative Bath Awards