Our charity shop, ‘More Than Vintage’, run in partnership with Trident Reach, has been providing volunteering opportunities, work placements and gorgeous vintage clothes for three years very successfully, and we hope that our new social enterprise will do just as well!
‘Out of the Woodwork’ is a furniture restoration and recycling business. Every 12 weeks 6 new clients will enter the workshop and learn not just woodwork but the transferable skills of health and safety, manual handling, communication and team work. Many of our clients have multiple barriers to getting into work, a common issue being that they have not worked in a long time, so these work placements will be longer than most and tailored to individual needs. A member of our ‘Changing Lives team at SIFA Fireside will support clients before, during and after the work placement to ensure they overcome any problems and get the most out of the experience.
We would like to thank Birmingham City Council’s Equality, Community Safety & Equality Partnership for funding this venture, along with additional support from Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust and ‘Help the Homeless’, and Community Transport and Business in the Community for their advice and encouragement. We have found a unit near our Day Centre in Allcock St Digbeth which we are converting into a work shop which means clients can come to us for breakfast and have their lunch break back in our ‘drop in’ to ensure wrap around support.
We would be very grateful to hear from people interested in volunteering with the project and organisations looking for a team building day as there is quite a large unit that needs painting!