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Project information

Street Forge WoodTurning Equipment

StreetForge Workshops offer various training facilities for adults with disabilities. We can accommodate varying difficulties within our day services, including Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Social Anxiety, Acquired Brain Injury and learning difficulties.

3 months

Charity information: Street Forge Workshops

Street Forge Workshops logo
  • Need


    we are trying to ensure all our trainees have access to and are able to use the correct equipment in the wood turning room as this is one of many activities offered at Street Forge.It is a popular, therapeutic activity for many of those who attend our workshops. With support from our tutors, they produce saleable items which increases their knowledge and skills and provide a sense of purpose, improving their self esteem and confidence knowing they have made items good enough to sell.


    We have many attend the workshops who use wheelchairs for their daily living, some being electric, bespoke to the person and large. Having expert advice with regards to the layout of the room and the availability of having lathes and other equipment, including dust extraction system being put in place, would allow all to be able to undertake this activity, not just ambulant people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that ALL trainees who attend Street Forge are able to undertake the wood turning activity.


    » Install a new lathe (suitable for use with a wheelchair), dust extraction equipment ensuring H & S standards and suitable equipment for disabilities.

    What success will look like

    By receiving genuine approval and positive feedback from others including family members, staff and most importantly the trainees.

  • Impact


    We are a Charity who are fundraising to develop our workplace, as the Workshops are in need of major refurbishment. By having our trainees produce quality items, we can sell them which helps with Social Enterprise, making each individual feel proud and having a sense of purpose.


    I cannot foresee any actual 'risks' with regards to having appropriate equipment installed in the Wood turning room. A full Risk Assessment is in place.


    We at Street Forge now have a dedicated Fundraiser (as approved by the Board) who will communicate via letter where we are at with the progress of our project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 adjustable lathe adaptable lathe for people who need to be in a wheelchair
      £1,000 dust extraction suitable for workshop
      £1,000 equipment tools suitable for various disabilities
  • Background


    Street Forge Workshops was established at Thornham Magna in 1987, a beautiful village in the heart of Suffolk. Our premises, originally occupied by the village blacksmith, are now owned by the Osla-Henniker Major Trust. We have recently managed to secure a 25 year lease and we now need to start to upgrade our old buildings. Our craft room and wood turning room were stables, hence no insulation.


    Our current trainees who attend Mon - Fri and actually the whole team, working in a safe, organised environment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because it is bespoke to us. There is no other charity in the surrounding areas offering the activities we do.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Carey

    Member of staff Heading the project

    Desmond Barker

    Volunteer heading the project

    Samantha Parsons

    Member of staff recently having learnt the art of Woodturning