The business was founded in 2002, by Steve Hedger (himself an ex-addict) who, through working with others in recovery, realised that there was a real need for supported work placements and resettlement back in the community.
He says, “Chissock Woodcraft evolved from my love of furniture and wood combined with a burning desire to help others find the same freedom from addiction that I had experienced. In the security of a loving and supportive environment, men and women can learn new skills and grow stronger in their recovery.”
We work alongside Yeldall Manor (a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in whose grounds we are situated), and with other agencies to provide supported employment and training to those who are on the recovery journey.For more information on Yeldall Manor please follow www.yeldall.org.uk.
It is our belief that by providing a secure working environment, developing skills and rebuilding the self worth of our members we will help to provide the stepping stones back into a life free from drugs and alcohol. We do this by engaging our trainees and volunteers in meaningful and creative work and through training. Please see our skills for recovery programme.
The business became a Social Enterprise in 2006 and a Community Interest Company in 2009. This means that we are a not for profit organisation and all profits that are made are reinvested in the business and the services we provide.