“I had just dropped out of university. I was in my third year but it all felt a bit pointless. I didn’t feel anything I was doing was benefiting anyone and there was lots going on in my life around that time. I was dealing with a lot of issues, addiction being just one of them.
A girl from my synagogue had been to Leeds Wood Recycling and she told me about them. I took her recommendation and signed up. My dad’s a joiner so I guess I was always around wood and I’ve always been a creative person.
I was happy to be learning again and making things and it was nice to have something to do, take my mind off things and learn. Self-sustainability is a big thing for me, not having to buy everything.
Everyone was great and I made friends. I felt like I’d been thrown into exactly what I needed at the time which was confidence and faith in myself. I hadn’t had that many friends over the past few years and it was just nice to come somewhere and feel supported. I finally felt I was doing something which had some purpose.”
Leeds Wood Recycling are a social enterprise that gives training experience and opportunities to out of work individuals by utilising recycled wood to create various products to sell. With support from Leeds Community Foundation, they were able to tackle social isolation by running an increased number of sessions and courses.