Borough craft group launch hunt for premises

Dudley News: Cllr Qadar Zada, centre, with members of Woodside Crafts - Daniel Sault (9), Stephen Sault (11), Don Neale, director Bryan Sault , Vicky Marston (16) and Lydia George (16) director Martin Marston and director Chris George. Buy photo: 441222J Buy this photo » Cllr Qadar Zada, centre, with members of Woodside Crafts - Daniel Sault (9), Stephen Sault (11), Don Neale, director Bryan Sault , Vicky Marston (16) and Lydia George (16) director Martin Marston and director Chris George. Buy photo: 441222J

A BOROUGH craft group run by a group of mental health service users is on the lookout for new premises to showcase its homemade wares.

Woodside Crafts which is run at Woodside Day Centre in Highgate Road has gone from strength to strength after being set up as a social enterprise last year.

The group, which is made up of residents recovering from mental illness, is now hoping they can find somewhere in the borough where they can display and sell their products, which include garden furniture and accessories and household decorations.

The members have also received the backing of ward councillor, Qadar Zada, who is helping them with their search.

Cllr Zada, said: “What many people don’t realise is that service users at Woodside Day centre have been suffering with their illness for twenty years plus, that’s a lifetime and now they are forced to search for jobs to make ends meet and they quickly realise that they don’t have all the skills, experience, qualifications and confidence to compete in the current job market.

"Engaging in activities like this will enable them to build up their skills base and provide greater social interaction. If there is anyone out there who can provide somewhere for this organisation to showcase their items, to raise funds for the good work that they provide – I’d be delighted to hear from them.”

To contact Woodside Crafts call 07847 405912 or call Cllr Zada on 07429 117439.

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