Watford Workshop vital work continues thanks to support from Mayor’s Small Grants Fund

Local charity Watford Workshop, has received £2,400 from the Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor’s Small Grant Fund towards the general running of the organisation...

Published: Monday, 14th June 2021
Worker at
Watford Workshop

Local charity Watford Workshop, which provides employment, work experience, functional education and life skills training to local adults with disabilities has received £2,400 from the Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor’s Small Grant Fund towards the general running of the organisation.

Watford Workshop is no ordinary workplace.  Their service users have learning and/or physical difficulties as well as those who have become disabled through an accident or illness. They have provided hand packing outsource solutions to customers across the UK and even worldwide for over 55 years, with Watford Workshop’s projects varying from retail reworks, promotional packing, electrical assembly, to simple packing or direct mail.

In a highly competitive world, Watford Workshop’s longevity and high level of repeat custom, is testament to their reliability and professionalism. The charity funds skills training and a variety of life and independent living skills. This covers literacy, numeracy, hygiene, cooking, cleaning and laundry, with many others available. This training alone costs £360 per person, per course. 

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor at Watford Workshop (taken in 2018 before pandemic)

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor at Watford Workshop (taken in 2018 before pandemic)

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “One of the great things about my job is being able to meet so many of our wonderful community and voluntary groups that make a real difference to people’s lives including Watford Workshop. The charity helps develop their service user’s skills, confidence, self-esteem and gives them a life which they and their families would not have thought possible before coming to Watford Workshop, so I’m very happy we could provide funding for their ongoing costs.”

Ronnie Jacob, Finance Trustee, Watford Workshop said “The impact of the council’s grant was significant. It has helped maintain stability at a time when the charity’s expenditure has been exceeding its income by a considerable amount, allowing us to remain open, support our service users both remotely and on the premises, and thereby alleviate many of the issues that Covid-19 and lockdown caused for them.

“Watford Workshop believes that their measure of success is the impact they have on their people’s lives and we give disabilities an opportunity to work, gain independence, confidence, dignity and respect - all the things that abled bodied adults take for granted. Thanks to funding from the Mayor’s Small Grant Fund, we can continue to do this.”

For Watford Workshop to continue to provide opportunities, they require much needed hand packing contracts, donations (monetary or in kind), fundraising and volunteers.  If you think you could help the Workshop in any way or are interested in working with them, please contact 01923 220 256 or visit watfordworkshop.co.uk/contact.

Worker at Watford Workshop

 

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