Our Upcycling Project transform unwanted products into something completely new. At our Ramsgate Resource Centre we run five weekly sessions for people with a learning disability to get involved. During the sessions, members use their creativity and skills to produce high quality products from stylish furniture to funky table decorations by researching trends online.
The process is therapeutic in a number of ways. The physical act of painting and sanding provides a creative outlet for people to take pride in their work. Not only this but the items created by members are then sold for a donation to raise funds for our services, which makes the process meaningful to the group as they know people are willing to pay for something they’ve spent time creating. The purpose of the group is to build confidence whilst having a positive effect on the environment. The group learn new skills, not only through the application of tools, but also by gaining the self-confidence to access their community and find unwanted items by communicating with shop owners. By re-purposing such items, the upcycling group ensure less waste goes to landfill and contribute to their local community. Team building is a key element of the sessions as the group work through the process together, from start to finish.
Upcycled items can be bought at our Margate and Ramsgate Resource Centres, as well as at the events we hold throughout the year. See below for a gallery of past pieces and available items. Interested? To join the group, donate materials or bid for an item please contact, Senior Support Worker, Maria Kourellias, via email, or phone 01843-594902