five in a fortnight

Five of our volunteers have got jobs in the last fortnight – huge congratulations to Dave (pictured), Max, Paul, John and Richard!

It’s great to see people getting on so well and moving on into work, and it means we now have vacancies for more people to join our team.  So if you are looking to take a step back to work, why not volunteer at HFS?

More info about volunteering

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Learn skills and make items to take home with pride!

Small supportive groups of adults—no experience needed.

Tools & materials provided.

 

Mixed Crafts   Tues 4th April   6 mornings 10-1.30   Hastings

Carpentry    Thurs 13th April    6 mornings 10-1.30   Bexhill

Upholstery    Weds 19th April   6 mornings 10-1.30  Hastings

Mixed Crafts   Thursday 11th May   6 mornings 10-1.30  Hastings

Shabby Chic Paint Effects    Tues 9th May     6 mornings 10-1.30  Hastings

Furniture Restoration     Thurs 25th May     6 mornings 10-1.30  Bexhill

Upholstery     Saturday 27th May   4 days 10-3      Hastings

 

Course fees are £60 per course. Free for people in receipt of means-tested benefits.

Pay a refundable deposit to book your place.

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Welcome the WoW van!

wow-at-four-courts-mediumWe’re excited to be launching our ‘Workshop on Wheels’ – making DIY and craft activities accessible to people in a wide range of community venues and neighbourhoods around Hastings and Rother.

The large WoW van has been customised with workbenches and tool cupboards so that our skilled tutors can take the workshop to visit groups of people and provide practical activities such as repairing furniture, making items from scrap wood and craft projects.

Having run workshops and courses at our stores in Hastings and Bexhill for many years, we are excited to have found a way to take some of these activities out into the community so that more people can enjoy taking part without the difficulty or expense of travelling to us.

The positive impact of making activities on health and wellbeing is well documented, and we hope that the small neighbourhood groups will be a great way for people to meet up with their neighbours as well as getting to know new people in their area. Our in-store workshops have taught us that, for many people, making or repairing something for their home is a deeply meaningful activity that increases their confidence and gives them a more positive outlook on life.

The WoW project has been supported by the Hastings and Rother CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), allowing the workshop sessions to be offered totally free of charge to local residents.

The interior of the WoW van has been kitted out with funds raised by HFS patron Mark Thomas at a pre-gig talk at St Mary’s in the Castle in November last year.

First stops on the WoW van’s journey will be:

  • Four Courts Community Centre on Stonehouse Drive
  • Robsack Centre in Bodiam Drive

The workshops will run every Friday at 10am and 1.30pm respectively for four weeks starting from February 10th. Future venues and dates will be added to our workshop calendar throughout the year so watch out for WoW popping up somewhere near you!

To take part, just come and say hello to our team with the WoW van at your nearest location.

Spring 2017 workshop dates

spring-17-training-datesOur springtime workshop dates are now available!

Join a small, supportive group to enjoy decoupage, furniture restoration, carpentry or paint effects at one of our workshops in Hastings or Bexhill.

Free or low cost – discounts for low income households. All materials and tools provided.

Make something special to take home with pride.

See the calendar and joining info here.

 

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Need work space?

to let boardsWe need you to tell us about your work space needs in a short online survey.

If you have been looking for space to start an enterprise, make a change from working at home, use as a creative studio, or even re-locate an existing small business, we want to get your views about the things that would make a work space attractive for you.

Your feedback will inform the plans for redeveloping our Bexhill site, extending the buildings to create units for people to rent for work, and help us apply for funding to make it happen one day.

There isn’t any space available at the moment, we need your views to help make a case for it.

Click here to take the short survey (10 questions)

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Crafty workshops for 2017

craft workshop at Hastings Furniture ServiceOur happy new prices prozac online, year starts with some wonderful workshops.

Join a small group and get creative at one of our workshops in Hastings or Bexhill.

Starting in January:

Decoupage – starts Tues 10th

Furniture Restoration – starts Weds 11th

Carpentry for beginners – starts Thurs 12th

Paint Effects – starts Fri 13th

These courses run for 4-6 weeks and are open to anyone. Free if your household receive a means-tested benefit or working tax credits.

Read more about the courses and how to book. 

Xmas T-shirt fund-raiser

Domestic Extremist t-shirt design

Domestic Extremist t-shirt design

Philosophy Football has teamed up with Mark Thomas to launch a fund-raising t-shirt for HFS.

Mark has nominated the The Hastings Furniture Service (HFS) for this year’s Philosophy Football fundraising tee. A simple, yet revolutionary idea, take unwanted but good quality furniture and help those on low incomes and benefits fit out a home.

Domestic extremism? The HFS is a great response to the consequences of the extremities of domestic crisis including homelessness.

Philosophy Football will donate £5 per shirt sold to the Hastings Furniture Service, or if you purchase at the Christmas Solidarity price and they will double the donation made to £10.

Can we raise £1000 by Xmas? With your support we surely can.

Click to read more at the Philosophy Football website

Volunteering Award for Ruban

ruben-vol-award-hva-2016Hastings Voluntary Action gives “against all odds” awards for volunteers who have overcome their own challenges to help others through volunteering. The awards were established in memory of Fran McKeown who worked for HVA and was an enthusiastic campaigner for community action.

Ruban Shanmuganathan was nominated by HFS for this award. Ruban contracted meningitis leaving him with memory and language problems. He also has arthritis in one hand, giving him a condition known as claw hand. Ruban has been living at the brain injury rehabilitation unit and making a good recovery. Volunteering at HFS has become part of his recovery programme this year.

Starting out with one day per week in March, Ruban became more committed to his physiotherapy exercises because he wanted to be able to do more at HFS. He now helps move furniture in the prozac online drug store, takes apart and mends small items. We have seen huge improvements in his communication and confidence, feeling part of the team. He is also gaining better use of his hand by carefully lifting and carrying items with the support of the team.

The rehabilitation centre has also noted the improvements which make having his physiotherapy (which he hates!) a little easier.

Ruban now volunteers with HFS 2 days a week and plans to increase this soon because he wants to give more back to the community. We are very proud and thankful to have Ruban as one of our volunteers.

Would you like to volunteer with HFS? Read more about volunteering here.

The photo shows Ruban with his award (a work of art by Linda Coad at SCCH), with Cllr Nigel Sinden from our Board of Trustees on the left and our volunteer support worker Angie Lowe on the right.