Lynne Minns, Kate Morris and her daughter Toni set up Works4Me, a supportive work-based environment for people with learning disabilities only 6 months ago. Since then the organisation has gone from strength to strength producing upcycled furniture and handmade gifts to sell in their shop in Rugby’s High Street.
Clients are given the opportunity to gain valuable work experience via sourcing, buying and recycling items and working within the shop itself. All materials used in the upcycled items have been donated by the public, charities or local businesses and all profit is spent on activities for the group.
Lynne and Kate have many combined years of experience working with people with learning disabilities at Rugby College and Brooke School. As Lynne says ‘We knew there was a gap in the market for people on the Autism spectrum who were capable of and keen to work. We wanted them to become part of something useful instead of sitting at home doing nothing.’ Kate also studied art at college and was a great champion of recycling so the idea for the new business evolved.
Lynne and Kate chose the High Street location so their clients could become part of the local Rugby community. The shop is easily accessible for drop-in craft sessions available to the general public. As part of Thrift Week, Works4me will be running such workshops on chair weaving, decoupage, junk jewellery and workshops for children.
Lynne is keen to pass on her advice on how to save money and be more thrifty: ‘Don’t throw anything away and try to look at objects in a new light ’, as featured in the Rugby Observer.
Works4me is open from 9am-5pm
38 High Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3BW
Tel: 0754 2236 760
Courtesy of Keep it local WarwickshireBack to blog home Previous Article Next Article