Our Women in the Workshop course got off to a great start earlier this year!
We launched this 12-week course with the aim of reaching ladies who are currently unemployed and economically inactive who were interested in gaining some basic hands-on skills.
It’s been a great way for our participants to meet new people and acquire new skills which include restoring furniture and other projects.
The course also aims to build up confidence and there’s the chance to learn retail skills, learn up-cycling techniques which could be used at home and an opportunity to explore any creative talent the participants might have.
Support is also available to help our ladies look towards their important future plans and see where opportunities may lie in the local area.
The sessions took place from 9.30am to 12noon or from 1pm to 3.30 and the next Women in the Workshop course takes place from 24th June 2021.
Participants must be aged 18 or over.
The course is open to women aged over 18 years. Anyone interested can get in touch with the Futureworks NY team on 01723 449616.
As Lockdown 3.0 doesn’t look like ending any time soon, it’s easy to forget that while many businesses were told to close until it is safe to reopen, here at Futureworks NY, we are working safely and securely in the background, supporting our learners even during these difficult times.
The start of 2021 has been a bit of a false one with the Lockdown 3.0 imposed so early in January.
For many of us, it wasn’t a surprise, but it does mean for many folks, their usual routines and lives are on hold for the time being.
Here at Futureworks NY, though, we know the importance of keeping up contact with our learners. We still need to help people get their lives back on track, whatever the circumstances, so we’ve been working safely in the background so we can provide our services in a safe, socially distanced way.
Therefore, our team is still working for and supporting our clients during Lockdown 3.0. This includes telephone calls and yes, using Zoom for virtual meet ups. While we understand it isn’t quite the same as face-to-face contact, it is a very good replacement for the time being.
Our team are also dropping off work for our learners in a safe and secure way, and where possible we’re even going on one-to-one walks for those who need fresh air and a socially distanced chat during these very tricky times.
The TV programme Masterchef has nothing on us when we do our Zoom cookery sessions with our young learners to keep them busy! This can be fun, even if every pot and pan in the kitchen is used. Our cookery sessions also teach our learners the basics so they can create delicious food from scratch and it’s so rewarding when they discover that tasty cooking doesn’t have to be complicated.
Lockdown 3.0 has also given us time to reflect on 2020 and all that happened in what was an eventful year!
For us, 2020 was a very busy one for several different reasons. Yes, we had Lockdown 1.0, 2.0 and the Tier Systems, but as a place offering educational help, we were able to offer our services in a Covid-19 secure way.
This includes help for school age young adults, help for 16 to 18-year-olds and adult training. We also offer our Community Works portfolio which includes furniture restoration along with other skills development.
Back in March 2020, we were featured in the annual Parliamentary Review and we were part of a podcast!
In September we were awarded the coveted Matrix quality standard for information and guidance services. It was awarded on behalf of the Department of Education and we could not have been prouder if we tried.
Then in late September, after months of hard work and dedication, our retail unit, Furniture Works opened in St Thomas Street, Scarborough. This unit includes an amazing shop front and a workshop to the rear.
Lastly, in December, we were finalists in the Innovation and Enterprise Awards 2020.
All in all, 2020 was actually a hectic year, even though we faced many challenges brought by the Lockdowns and the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Our office staff have been working hard to keep all our paperwork up to date, keeping in touch with our supporters and hopefully making it possible for our learners to create some great memories and share their stories in the near future.
Of course, we’re now nine years old … it’s hard to believe that nearly a decade has passed since our not-for-profit organisation Community Interest Company was founded.
Our mission continues to include working within our community, provide support and guidance and encourage all ages to fulfil their potential through engagement, motivation and support.
Our projects are varied, ranging from outdoor challenges to property renovation along with opportunities for some of our learners to gain qualifications.
And while some of these elements have been on hold or are delivered in a different way, we are ready for the rest of 2021 and can’t wait to see what it brings.
Until next time …
The Futureworks NY team is proud to announce that we are finalists in the 2020 Innovation and Enterprise Awards.
We are in the Phoenix Award – Business Brave of the Year category, which celebrated businesses who’ve been ‘trading’ for five years or more.
Thank you to everyone who has helped get us this nomination.
We wish everyone the best of luck and we’ll update this blog in due course!
Furniture Works, Scarborough’s newest furniture store, has just had a new shop front installed and has launched it digital e-commerce website to help shoppers source beautifully renovated furniture during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We bet you can’t wait to visit it! Here is the link: https://furnitureworksny.co.uk
This means you can browse and shop online from the comfort of your own home.
Furniture Works includes a fully operational workshop and retail premises for the sale pre-owned furniture which has been skilfully restored and upcycled by the Futureworks NY team.
Additional services Furniture Works which are set to be provided by the team include bespoke upcycling of a customer’s beloved furniture items.
As Lockdown 2 begins, here at Futureworks NY, we remain open (safely, of course) as we continue to offer our education and support programmes for our learners.
We can answer any queries you might have and don’t forget we also have our new Furniture Works shop offering a click and collect service from its St Thomas Street location here in Scarborough.
Why not take the time to explore the rest of our website starting with our About Futurworks webpage.
Stay safe and well, everyone!