Useful Wood Company seeks volunteers - by Sue Heavens

The Useful Wood Company is a new, start-up charity run by local Christians.  (Tony Hewat, who also runs Besom, is the chair, and I am a Trustee.)  We will give people who cannot access the job market at present the opportunity to gain experience of working.  We will be collecting waste wood and turning it into beautiful and useful products.  Beneficiaries are likely to include the long-term unemployed, ex-offenders and those recovering from addiction; anyone who struggles to access the job market.


The best news is that we have now found suitable premises; we have part-use of the old job centre building in Goldworth Road, (where the Welcome church has taken out a one-year lease). Workshops will be kitted out there for a planned start on 1st September.  Volunteers are invited to help set up the workshops, and from September we will need volunteers who can commit to one or more weekdays to supervise and mentor people in the workshop, or out on the wood collection van.  Anyone with wood-working skills would be very helpful too.


If you’d like to help, our manager, George Varney would very much like to hear from you.  He will be interested in sources of waste wood too; perhaps left over from building projects.   You can contact George on 07432 278281, or e-mail  If you would like to know more about this project, come and talk to Sue Heavens - 07725 471786