The Workshop - Project Update

The Workshop - Project Update

11th December, 2018

In April 2018, Headway launched The Workshop, an exciting new project for adults with a brain injury in Cambridgeshire, helping them to learn new practical skills and gain the confidence to use them in voluntary or workplace settings.

The project is based at a fully-equipped workshop in Peterborough. It offers a real-life work environment where clients can gain skills in carpentry and refurbishing furniture, while having a positive impact on the local community.  All the furniture they make are either sold or donated to low income families in the local community.

 Results so far…

Over the past seven months the team have:

  • Attended more than 30 furniture building and restoration sessions
  • Attended additional workshops on problem solving and team building
  • Built or restored over 70 pieces of furniture
  • Increased confidence and skills
  • Provided low/no cost furniture to low income families in the local community
  • Diverted waste from landfill

As a result of joining the project, 80% of the group’s members have also started volunteering at Headway supported groups or other local charities. 

“I used to do building work with my brother in law, but I can’t do the same work now because of my balance. I miss it. I had never worked with wood before.  I’m enjoying it. Last week I learned to re-cover chairs and they looked quite smart. I was impressed with that. This week they had already been collected”. –Paul

“I’ve noticed that Paul is taking more initiative to do jobs at home. He remembers what he’ll be doing each week and brings what he needs.” -Debbie, Paul’s PA

“Growing up, I worked on the land like my father did.  Since my accident, there are things I haven’t been able to do. My other placements make me feel like I’m at primary school.  Here, I can do real work.  I feel like I know where things are now, so I am beginning to be more confident” – Robert

“Farming wasn’t just my job.  When I had to stop farming, I lost my vocation and my home.  For me, work isn’t about just filling time, it’s about being useful and doing something meaningful. It feels good that the furniture we fix helps people who need it.  And I think I’m more confident now.  I definitely feel like I do more jobs at home.” – James

The project runs on Wednesday mornings, 10am-1pm at The Workshop, Dodson House, Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5XG 

Each session costs £56. 

Please get in touch with Stacy at for more information.

As a brain injured person it can sometimes be hard to feel positive about your progress but the gym instructor at Headway Cambridgeshire pushes me in the right direction and helps me to feel more enthusiastic about what I am able to achieve and what I might achieve in the future.