“Both Stephen and Carol are a huge credit to the Woodwork group and Surrey Choices, with their constant willingness to learn and work as a team. It’s been a joy to see their confidence improve over the past year, in an activity which gives them a lot of enjoyment and provides a big sense of achievement.”
Through our woodwork project, based in Guildford, we train Surrey Choices’ customers in upcycling and recycling furniture. They will learn practical carpentry skills and create handmade items.
During these vocational sessions, our customers will have full training and support on how to use various tools and techniques to recycle and upscale old furniture and create new objects from scratch. Our team support all Surrey Choices customers in a safe environment and provide and teach customers how to use our tools correctly.
Vocational projects like this help our customers to improve their confidence, gain independence and learn new skills to prepare for the world of work. We have our own modules of learning and provide support for individuals to progress further if they wish onto work experience, voluntary or paid work.
Skills they will learn with us include:-
- health and safety in the workshop
- moving, handling and storing wood and equipment
- how to use woodwork tools
- how to use wood to build and fix things.
We sell the creations that have been made by customers in our wood workshop. All products are made from reclaimed and recycled wood. The products include iPad and iPhone stands, keyrings, planters, wishing well planters and more. Products are available to be viewed at the workshop from Monday to Friday. The workshop is based at Lockwood Activity Centre, Westfield Road, Guildford, GU1 1RR.
To get involved, please send us a message via our Contact Us form.
Stephen and Carol, who attend Farnham Community Group, decided to join the Woodwork group in April 2016 to learn some new skills. In August, they completed an order for six raised planters for the garden at Cranstock Activity Centre. Stephen cut the wood and did the framework and Carol took on the responsibility of painting them different colours.
By Christmas, they were making wooden Formula 1 cars and toy trains. Since then, Stephen and Carol have expanded their skills further, creating iPad holders and file holders, and completing learning units in employment skills and DIY knowledge. Stephen is now cutting freehand and has increased his days at Woodwork to two days, and Carol, who is an expert painter, is hoping to do the same soon.
- The Woodwork Team