Woodwork for wellbeing


Relaxed woodwork session for ADULTS aged 18+, meeting weekly to learn new skills.

No experience necessary - come along to have a go at craft, model making, DIY techniques, group and individual projects.

10 spaces available

Email barney.woodworkforwellbeing@gmail.com or ring Barney on 07400 451047 to sign up for for more information.

We also run a men-only session from 7-9pm.

10 spaces available

Email woodworkforwellbeing@gmail.com or ring Alex on 07877 550 961 to sign up or for more information.












Woodwork for Wellbeing started as a way to build strong relationships between men in the Bethnal Green community by working together on creative DIY ventures in a sociable, relaxed environment, and we are excited to have expanded this to run a mixed class as well as a men-only class.

Five reasons to join in:

It's great fun! 

Making things and doing anything with a tangible outcome is excellent for our mental health, sense of achievement and accomplishment.

Design Technology is slowly becoming less important in schools and receiving less funding, meaning practically-focused students are not being given the much-needed opportunities to explore their practical and creative skills. 

Trades and Engineering fields are in much need of young people who are practically minded.

Young people are spending more and more time inside on a screen, with less real-time interaction

‘Unfortunately, it is much more difficult for men to find healthy and safe community activities where they can socialise - so I really hope this project can expand’ - Wilma Bol, Bethnal Green social prescriber

‘Reducing isolation and promoting cohesion is really important in Tower Hamlets. In our experience, activities and skills-based projects like these provide better opportunities to reach out to isolated men and support them to connect with each other’ - Globe Community Project


Meet the tutors

Alex is a woodworker and carpenter with a degree in architecture, passionate about making things and how making things is good for you. He had a previous career in practical Corporate Social Responsibility, working on humanitarian building projects.

Barney is a keen woodturner and Design Technology teacher at a Special Educational Needs school, passionate about woodwork and community projects.

Paul is a furniture maker and experienced youth worker. He runs projects with young offenders in Cambridge.