Makita is a global brand of professional power tools, accessories and workwear known for quality and performance. An extensive inventory of over 500 products and accessories are distributed from the company’s HQ in Milton Keynes and the only brand with a UK manufacturing facility. Makita is a leader in many innovative technologies and the only power tool manufacturer to offer certified training.
Makita support us with tool donations, as well as certified training courses to our Apprentices and staff.
Providence Row is a homelessness charity based in London. They have a long history, and have been tackling the root causes of homelessness since their inception in 1860.
The Providence Row day centre offers a safe place in which homeless people can engage in the services that will help them off the streets.
Our furniture workshop is based at Providence Row, which means our employees benefit from easy access to their specialist support services.
Crisis is the national charity for homeless single people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.
Their London centre, called Crisis Skylight and located five minutes walk from our furniture workshop, is an award-winning education, training and employment centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people.
We source our employees via Crisis Skylight, and our employees also are provided with mentoring and specialist support from the centre, ensuring their transition back into work is as easy as possible.
We make beautiful and unique furniture, hand-crafted and suitable for the modern home, restaurant or hotel. To achieve this, we not only work with award-winning designers, we also have a team of volunteer furniture makers volunteering one day per week in our workshop. This volunteer workforce complements our homeless employee programme.
The volunteer role is to provide guidance, encouragement and on-the-job training while their homeless “buddy” works on the furniture. This unique model not only means our homeless employees get the maximum support required, but also ensures that the quality of our furniture is kept extremely high.
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