Here at Acorn Community Care we provide a very unusual facility as we have a fully functional welding workshop which is used by the people who attend our day service. Andy Lyon is the support worker who teaches his skills to whoever wishes to have a go.
Andy joined Acorn a few years ago after being asked to do some welding repairs on the farm by Chris Holliday (CEO). It was whilst he was carrying out that repair, that Andy spent a lot of his own time showing people what he was doing and letting them help with the small tasks. Chris noticed how much the guys enjoyed working with Andy and asked him if he would be interested in joining the Acorn team for a couple of days a week. That was 3 years ago and now Andy can be seen here most days!
All sorts of items are made in this busy workshop and a lot of them are made from used horseshoes, which is an interesting way of recycling something that would have been thrown away. From horseshoe pigs to large dome decorative spheres, highland cattle to garden benches, the people we support can take the items home that they have made and also some are made to sell which brings in funding for the charity. There are also big projects on the go like rebuilding a Bedford van!
Below are photo’s of some of the items that are made in the workshop. Each item is unique, no two are the same. Some items can be ordered to collect in our online shop or keep an eye on the events diary to see where we are doing markets and shows