Handcrafted Projects runs training hubs across the North East in Durham, Chester Le Street and Gateshead, and provides supported accommodation. We have involved homeless or vulnerably housed people in renovating houses to move into, support people in setting up businesses, run a Forest School for parents and children, and take people on outdoor adventures. We empower disadvantaged and marginalised people to re imagine their lives, providing stability and promoting creativity so they can transform their circumstances and contribute to their communities.
Our property renovation project leads to supported accommodation for trainees who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – giving them a home they have already taken pride in creating. We have turned 17 properties into safe places to live that feel like home for our residents. From a tiny workshop, we have gone on to establish three activity hubs, where over 50 individual trainees receive training and support in any given week. The positive routine of activities at our hubs keeps our trainees engaged and focused, equipping them to take control in other areas of life. We have introduced accredited training so people can gain a recognised qualification and improve their chances of getting a job.
Handcrafted was born out of a desire to see isolated people connected and those who had lost confidence in themselves reconnect with a future that had possibilities. Being a Christian organisation means that we value love, restoration and community: Every human is of equal worth, the past is forgiven, and we are better off together than alone.
We are expanding our housing stock to provide more homes for those who need them the most, which will include some more specific spaces for care leavers and direct access. We are extending the portfolio of training and activities we offer, beyond woodworking and crafts into wellbeing and cookery, and we have ambitions to repeat our success in other parts of the region.'