I am a big believer in second chances and therefore pleased to have the opportunity to work with one of HM Prisons which offers educational courses in metalwork, painting and bricklaying etc to those that have paid their debt and are about to re-enter society.
Not only does this offer the opportunity to learn new skills but re-adjusts participants to the structure of regular employment and earning a wage.
One of the courses offered is in carpentry and woodworking and the men make the most wonderful products entirely by hand from English Oak - every one is unique and part of an individual's journey to a happier and more productive future.
We have invested in a collection of their wonderful chopping/carving boards and the money helps to fund the programme and pay the wages which in turn gives the men a sense of self-worth where perhaps it was lacking.
The products have tongue-in-cheek names to make you smile with more than a hint of Ronnie Barker!
Crumb-Catcher Bread Board - Wonderful artisanal breads ( often seeded ) can make a great deal of mess and our Crumb-Catcher is slatted to catch all the detritus .