MillRace is a furniture restoration co-operative that is funded by the income from pieces sold, work carried out, as well as donations and grants received. In 2006 the CHP Trust provided a sizeable grant to assist in this work and the following is a press release from that time
MillRace Furniture Restoration Project received £7000 from the Trust
MillRace was set up in 1995 and works with adults who have mental health problems, providing a workshop where craft skills such as furniture repairs, wood turning, cabinet making and picture framing are taught and mastered. A number of MillRace's clients go on to obtain City and Guilds qualifications and the centre offers similar course for the general public. Because the centre works with just 10 clients at any one time, support is intensive and constructive.
Keith Andrew, CHP Charitable Trust board member, visited the workshop. Keith said: "The work done at MillRace is extremely impressive, providing learning and development opportunities for people who, at times when they need support, might otherwise be excluded. I'm sure the money will be a much needed contribution towards the ongoing running costs of the project."
Paul Richmond, instructore on the scheme, said: "Millrace is a social firm which offers work experience and training for disadvantaged people. The support and knowledge they gain whilst on the course is extremely valuable and can help them make positive changes in their lives."
MillRace students together with Paul Richmond (MillRace) and Keith Andrew (CHP Charitable Trust)
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