The history of our workshop goes back 25 years, when the first one opened on the outskirts of Bath, in 1992. Since then, the people who attend have made thousands of high-quality goods, including woodwork, ceramics, cards and crafts.
All of the people we work with are adults who are deaf, deafblind or have hearing loss with additional support needs, such as mental ill-health, autistic spectrum disorders, dementia and mobility problems. Our workshop offers the chance for people to develop new skills, be creative, get involved in their local community and, most of all, enjoy themselves.
Toni has been involved in the service for a number of years and says: “I enjoy trying new things – painting, ceramics and jewellery-making.”
We're all passionate about what we do – which includes making use of materials that would otherwise be thrown away! We actively encourage recycling, up-cycling and reinvention of old materials, often taking in donations from the community and working closely with local companies, who donate old stock or remnants from their products, which we then use to make into gift items.
Our small on-site gift shop provides the opportunity for people to help sell the items they make and to talk about what they do. We welcome visitors and often show the public around (as well as family and friends of the people we support). Many of our customers return again and again to buy from the shop area and to order bespoke items because they say they can’t get the same individuality or quality anywhere else.
If you can't visit our workshop in person, you can order some of our beautiful handmade products online. We have a range of items – all made to order – so they can be tailored to your specific size and colour preferences.
How you can help
We welcome donations of equipment and materials that we can use in our workshop. We're always looking for ways to exhibit our work and welcome visiting artists who can provide new opportunities and experiences for the people we support. If you have anything you can offer, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org