We’ve teamed up with Rother Voluntary Action to offer these FREE women’s woodworking sessions in Sidley, with lunches provided by the Chaps Cooking Course!
To book contact Lindsay at RVA: 01424 217 259
Book your place today for our free / low-cost workshops in Hastings & Bexhill. We are offering:
Paint Effects on furniture
Mixed Crafts with upcycled materials
Upholstery for Beginners
Our workshops are a great place to learn new, practical skills in a small friendly group. All courses are 20 hours, over either 4 or 6 days, and usually run on the same day each week.
Our workshop team has been working on an exciting new project to reuse and upcycle unwanted bed-heads into fabulous benches for the home and garden.
Sometimes we collect bed frames that can’t be reused because parts are missing but we don’t want the wood to go to waste. These benches use up the heads, ends and slats of the bed-frames to make an attractive new piece of furniture.
It’s been a fun challenge for our workshop team. Our expert Ron has helped the volunteers to figure out how to reuse the wood and make strong sturdy bench seats. Our volunteers are local people who have enjoyed HFS courses and want to do more carpentry, restoration and painting as part of the team. Pauline, Heidi, Percival, Phil and Victor have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and we are really proud of the stunning results.
Each bench is unique. There are children’s benches as well as full-size and we have painted several in fun bright colours.
Child-size benches are £70 full price (£45 benefit discount price) and adult-size ones are up to £195 (£145 discount price).
The benches will be on sale at our Bexhill store from Friday 28th April.
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.
We’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:
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.
Our 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.
Our 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.
Learn how to use tools safely and make some items from scratch from reused bed-slats. If you have a carpentry project idea in mind, get it done with advice from our expert Ron.
Starts Weds 16th November and runs for 6 weeks 10-1 at HFS Bexhill.
This is a Community Learning course. The fee is £60 but if your household receives means-tested benefits or working tax credits it is FREE.
People have been really enjoying our Wellmaking Workshops – 6 sessions of creative fun, learning new skills and making friends.
Comments so far: “I think the workshops have really boosted my wellbeing. I feel much more confident and look forward to coming out to the workshop each week. I’m very proud of what I’ve made.”
There are more workshops coming up in DIY Essentials, Paint Effects and Carpentry so book your place now!