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20th Mar 2017

On Friday 10th March, Against the Grain welcomed Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East to its new workshop in Acre Road, Reading, to meet the team and learn about its work with young people.

Rob took time out from his busy schedule to talk to one of Against the Grain’s trainees, George Darling about the furniture he was working on with a furniture design graduate, Elliott Hamer who volunteers his time on a Friday at Acre Road.  He also met with Andrew Moore, the recently appointed Workshop Manager who explained the plans for the opening of a retail unit in Broad Street Mall in the next few weeks.  “We are planning to offer a number of different upcycling courses at our new retail premises over the next couple of months along with a selection of furniture the team has upcycled”, said Andrew.

The workshop at Acre Road has been up and running for a couple of weeks and is part of the Whitley Vocational Hub, an Elevate and Reading Borough Council initiative.  This new scheme will bring together a number of different organisations and training providers for the benefit of young people and the Whitley community. 

Rob said after the visit, “It is great to see charities like Against the Grain taking the opportunity to capitalise on a design trend in order to provide skills and opportunities for young people. I enjoyed speaking with George to find out about his experience and to see his new skills in action! 

"Not only does this project give young people the chance to flourish by learning new skills but it also works to recycle furniture that may have ended up in landfill.”

Sarah Sandle, Against the Grain's Commercial Co-ordinator said, “It was fantastic to meet MP Rob Wilson today and have the opportunity to introduce him to some of the Against the Grain team and tell the story of our social enterprise. 

“Having local support such as Rob’s is invaluable to the project and we hope he will stay in touch to watch us develop and grow.”

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