WoW van visits

Our Workshop On Wheels has been visiting a group of women at the Oasis community project in Ore.

Everyone had a great time learning more about DIY, carpentry and furniture restoration with our tutor Ron and completing their own projects.

The van is moving on to visit a group at Working Wonders this month – helping them sand down and restore the benches in their community allotment.

If you’d like the van to visit your neighbourhood group in Hastings and Rother, do get in touch, we’ll see what we can do!

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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.

 

craft workshop at Hastings Furniture Service

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. 

Carpentry course starting soon

restoration-02Learn 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.

Click here to read more about our courses 

learners admire their finished furniture restoration

Come to our wellmaking workshops!

DSC00634People 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!

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