New Handycraft Project

Funding win for volunteer handycrafts

A North Warwickshire charity has secured just over £9,000 to run practical volunteering projects.

The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire has been given the money from The Big Lottery’s Awards For All Fund to run a workshop with volunteers to do sewing and woodwork.

The project will be known as Workshop To Skills and Confidence and will see experienced volunteers sharing practical skills with people with mental illnesses and learning disabilities.

Centre Manager Martin Horner said: “Funding is pretty hard to come by at the moment, so we were delighted to hear the news we had been successful in winning the money for this project. At the end of March, the centre is finishing its long standing project Help at Hand.

We already run a successful arts and crafts group on a Friday morning so this project will accompany it and allow us to expand down the sewing and woodwork route. This  means we can offer people with learning disabilities and mental health issues more variety and, hopefully, something to suit everyone.”

The new project will see volunteers making wooden planters and raised beds as well as bird boxes and bird tables. People will also be able to try their hand at making some soft furnishings.

The centre has some equipment but is making a plea for donations of any unwanted woodwork tools such as wood lathes, ban saws and electric mitre saws.

The project will begin at the start of April and is funded for a year. Everything that is made will be sold in the centre’s volunteer run White Hart Tea Room or on a market stall. All profits will go back into the project.

Volunteers are needed to join the project as mentors to share their skills with people in wood work and sewing.

If you would like to join the project, give Julie a ring on 01827 717073 or email