In the run up to Power to Change’s In Our Hands event with Wirral Council, we went on a tour of community businesses in Liverpool City Region. Starting on a trading estate, not far from Liverpool Lime Street Station, this is home to Urban Workbench, part of We Make Places.
We Make Places – Urban Workbench
We Make Places is a Community Interest Company, based in Liverpool which is writing, living and delivering a manifesto for change across the built environment. They help communities to develop sustainable projects. These projects are about reconsidering ignored, underused or condemned places in a new light, allowing them to rise again becoming healthy, happy, active and loved.
Urban Workbench is a learning hub for individuals and communities looking to develop new skills and get involved in grass roots regeneration, whether simply picking up DIY skills or physically delivering and managing development in their neighbourhood. Previous projects have included working with communities through Housing Associations to breathe life into forgotten neighbourhoods, upskilling residents and giving them the confidence and pride to develop their homes into beautiful, loved spaces.
Their goals are to to raise community resilience, with people participating more in practically shaping their surroundings and neighbourhoods. They have increased the confidence of those on their courses, bringing mental and physical health benefits. They’re helping people gain skills, find employment and also creating affordable and ethical household objects!
Time for a few stats:
- 83% participants on their courses said that their self confidence had improved by approximately 32.5%
- 20 communities have been supported by Urban Workbench, and 581 residents have been consulted about their neighbourhoods
- 1.7 tonnes of waste timber has been diverted from landfill and 65 sheets of plywood have been used to make affordable, ethical furniture
- 100% of participants said their joinery skills had improved!