The “RESTORE@thewoodshed” project, is a partnership between Growing Space and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, and is based at St Cadoc’s hospital, Caerleon. It enables participants on wards to make the transition from hospital back into the community through the recovery and rehabilitation process of work experience, activity and occupation. It also supports participants who need furniture by providing them with recycled furniture on discharge.
Participants gain skills in woodwork, painting and decorating, tiling, upcycling, and health and safety, whilst also increasing their confidence. Taking part in this project enables participants to recognise the importance of structure and social engagement by working in this environment.
A range of products have been made, and are for sale to the general public, including bird boxes, bird tables, shoe horns, garden planters, benches, hedgehog houses, and bespoke upcycled products.