Woodwork & Horticulture

Working with your hands or outdoors in the fresh air is great for the mind and body – the feeling of achievement watching plants you have planted grow, or seeing a woodwork project through from start to finish is second to none! We have our own space at The Cellar Trust for growing and harvesting fruit, vegetables and flowers. Our Woodwork & Horticulture Skill Shop is run as a partnership with Shipley College so there are also lots of opportunities to move on to a range of qualifications.

New Woodwork & Horticulture skills-based and wellbeing programmes

Below you’ll find further information about our brand new Woodwork & Horticulture skills- based and wellbeing programmes. If you’d like to register for the sessions or have any queries, please call our main reception line (01274 586 474) and ask to speak to Rachel Gannon, who will be happy to provide more details.

Why do we deliver a woodwork & horticulture service?

Working with your hands or outdoors in the fresh air is great for the mind and body – the feeling of achievement watching plants you have planted grow, or seeing a woodwork project through from start to finish is second to none, and this is what The Cellar Trust Woodwork & Horticulture service is all about. From making bird houses from scratch to learning about the best conditions for growing different vegetables, there are lots of fantastic projects to work on.

Why did The Cellar Trust combine woodwork and horticulture?

These used to be run as separate sessions, but feedback from clients showed that there was a lot of cross-over work, and that many of our clients enjoyed being able to do a bit of both. By combining the sessions, we could also run more sessions in different areas of the District.

Why are the sessions changing location?

As a charity, we cover the area of Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Previously this service only ran from The Cellar Trust in Shipley, but feedback from our clients and people who referred into our service showed that only having one location was a barrier to a lot of people accessing the service. This was because it was often difficult, time-consuming and costly to travel by public transport.

One of our strategic aims as an organisation is to make our services as accessible as possible, and we also want to be able to support as many people as we can. The new programme is now available at four different sites across the District: Shipley, Wibsey, Keighley, and at Lynfield Mount (for inpatients only). Our plan is to set up 2 new sites in the next 12 months, covering other areas of Bradford.

What does the programme include?

Our sessions are now split into two sections:

Skills-based – we are running three 12 week blocks on mornings throughout the year.
These are more structured and includes a workbook to log your projects and progress and are focussed on learning skills, although we hope it is also a benefit to your wellbeing!

Wellbeing – These are primarily in the afternoons, plus in-between the 12 week skills blocks on the mornings.

These sessions have a more casual feel and are focused on the benefit to your wellbeing, although we hope you will still learn some new skills!

You can attend one or both of these sessions at whichever location is best for you*. The skills sessions are run in 12 week blocks and so we encourage people to begin attending at the start of a block.

Tuesday – The Cellar Trust – Farfield Road, Shipley, BD18 4QP
Skills-based sessions 10am – 12.30pm / wellbeing sessions 1pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday – Wisbey Community Garden – Wibsey Park, Beacon Road, BD6 3RE
Skills-based sessions 10am – 12.30pm / wellbeing sessions 1pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday – Cliffe Castle – Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, BD20 6LH
Skills-based sessions 10am – 12.30pm / wellbeing sessions 1pm – 3.30pm

Thursday – Lynfield Mount in Bradford*
Wellbeing sessions 10am – 11.30am

*Please be aware that Lynfield Mount is only offering wellbeing sessions and is just for inpatients.

Why has the format been split into the skills based and wellbeing sessions?

Feedback from our clients was split! Half of the people told us that they wanted more of a challenge and the opportunity to develop their skills, or move towards an accreditation, and the other half of the clients said that they wanted a more relaxed feel. The programme is designed to cater for both needs.

Who can attend these sessions and how has this changed?

Previously you could only attend Woodwork and Horticulture if you were a client being supported as part of the Pathways to Employment Service. Lots of our clients told us that they loved Woodwork and Horticulture for its therapeutic nature but did not want to be part of Pathways to Employment. We designed the new service so that we could open up access to those people. This also means that we can support more people in different ways.

How do I register for a session?

If you’d like to register for the sessions or have any queries, please call our main reception line (01274 586 474) and ask to speak to Rachel Gannon, who will be happy to provide more details and/or get you signed up to one of our courses.

What happens after I finish the 12 week skills based course?

Due to our partnership with Shipley College there are lots of opportunities to move on to a range of qualifications, if this is something you wish to do. We will also signpost you to our other services, depending on what type of support you may need. This includes Pathways to Employment, Steps into Employment, Work Retention, and different groups and organisations in the local area that you may find helpful. There is also the option to attend the afternoon sessions on a more ongoing basis if capacity allows.

Can I attend the wellbeing sessions on an ongoing basis?

The wellbeing sessions are on a more ongoing basis. We are hoping that as people’s confidence grows they will move onto other challenges such as volunteering or attending a college course. This will then make way for us to support other people and allow them to access these great sessions.

What happens if I cannot attend for a few weeks?

If you have not attended for 3 weeks we may offer your place to someone who is on the waiting list. This means that you may lose your place. However, you can re-register when your circumstances allow you to re-commit to attending.

Who will be delivering the courses?

We deliver the majority of the sessions in partnership with Shipley College and have Mick to lead the sessions in Shipley, Keighley and at Lynfield Mount. At Wibsey we are partnering with Wibsey Community Gardens and have their staff delivering sessions on their lovely site.

Who can I speak to if I have any more questions or feedback?

You can speak to Georgia who is supporting the setting up of this new revamped version of woodwork and horticulture. If Georgia doesn’t have the answers she will be able to find out and get back to you. You can email her via georgia.scott@thecellartrust.org or call her on 01274 586474