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Chissock Woodcraft

Chissock Woodcraft provides a professional service in furniture repair and restoration as well as the design and build of bespoke items.

We also offer a range of our own furniture and a full re-upholstery service on site through “Grace Furnishings”.

We are a Community Interest Company (a social enterprise) offering training and support to those in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

The business was founded in 2002, by Steve Hedger (himself an ex-addict) who, through working with others in recovery, realised that there was a real need for supported work placements and resettlement back in the community.

He says, “Chissock Woodcraft evolved from my love of furniture and wood combined with a burning desire to help others find the same freedom from addiction that I had experienced. In the security of a loving and supportive environment, men and women can learn new skills and grow stronger in their recovery.”

We work alongside Yeldall Manor (a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in whose grounds we are situated), and with other agencies to provide supported employment and training to those who are on the recovery journey. For more information on Yeldall Manor please follow www.yeldall.org.uk.

It is our belief that by providing a secure working environment, developing skills and rebuilding the self worth of our members we will help to provide the stepping stones back into a life free from drugs and alcohol. We do this by engaging our trainees and volunteers in meaningful and creative work and through training.

Skills for Recovery


The aim of our ‘Skills for Recovery’ project is to provide accessible learning to those recovering from addiction. We seek to achieve this through:

• Training
• Work placements
• Life skills training

In our ‘Skills for Recovery’ project, we work with Oxford & Cherwell Valley College to deliver a range of accessible learning modules to those who have been outside formal learning for most of their lives.

We offer both pre-NVQ training modules and NVQs up to level 2 in woodworking skills. Our aim is to enable our beneficiaries, preparing them for future employment and to develop life skills.

Please consult us should you wish to know further details about our Skills for Recovery Programme.

The business became a Social Enterprise in 2006 and a Community Interest Company in 2009. This means that we are a not for profit organisation and all profits that are made are reinvested in the business and the services we provide.

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