Woodwork For People With a Disability or Autism in Oldham

Posted on the 1st February 2021

Welcome to The Woodshack! This is our exciting new workshop offering supported woodwork for people with a disability or autism in Oldham.

Practical Skills

From the outset, clients are getting involved in fitting out The Wood Shack. Supported by Pure staff, they are already building work benches, tool racks,  shelving and more.

The results are sturdy and impressive. See for yourself.

When The Wood Shack is fully operational, it will be a thriving, manufacturing workshop. The woodworkers will learn all the skills required to make a range of quality artefacts. These will then be sold to the public at The Wood Shack’s own online store, with revenue ploughed back into the project.

You may have seen some of these lovely products on sale at Pure’s cafe The Boathouse in Alexandra Park, Oldham. They include planters, bird boxes and even a cute squirrel picnic bench!

If you (or someone you know) have a disability or are autistic, and enjoy working with your hands, this could be for you.

Why Take Up Woodwork?

Woodwork is an enjoyable and rewarding activity. There is real satisfaction in handling the materials and crafting them into something useful or beautiful or both!

Processes such as planing wood and construction are pleasantly absorbing,  deflecting worries and stress. It’s a great boost to self-confidence too, to see a birdtable or other artefact you have created with your own hands.

Staff are always to hand to provide guidance and ensure safety procedures are followed. They also add to the great comaraderie in The Wood Shack, with the woodworkers encouraging and helping each other when required.

Woodwork Skills at The Wood Shack

Here are just some of the practical skills that can be learned at The Wood Shack:

  • safety when using tools
  • correct storage and maintenance of tools
  • following plans
  • accurate measuring
  • sawing, planing and sanding
  • use of clamps, hammers and drills
  • applying wood treatments
  • construction

The Wood Shack is at The Falcon Centre in Chadderton. Clients are transported there by minibus from our Middleton base, The Jonathan Burns Centre.

Do you, or someone you know, have a learning difficulty, disability or autism? Would you like to know more about this fulfilling project?  Then do get in touch for more information about this new addition to our day services.

Please contact Kath Brooks on 07872 423212 or by email at kathryn.brooks@pureinnovations.co.uk . She’d love to hear from you.

Alternatively, you can use our Contact Form.

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