Learning Programme

Our Learning Programme classes introduce participants to simple making of objects with up-cycled and affordable materials, aimed at basic DIY and community build projects.

Our participants typically include people who may have never operated a power tool before, through to seasoned builders and makers. The environment is always inclusive, supportive and great fun!

We deliver specific Learning Programme workshops in partnership with external organisations such as Merseyside Youth Association and Back On Track.

Sutton Way resident making bird box with donated pallet wood
Residents of Sutton Way take part in our Learning Programme at a pop-up workshop we set up in their community.

These partnerships allow us to engage with hard-to-reach cohorts that would like to improve their self-confidence, to socialise & expand their peer group, and of course to pick up new skills in basic joinery & DIY.

Our Learning Programme activities with external partners have achieved fantastic attendance rates and made a real, noticeable positive impact on participants.

Urban Workbench helps to stimulate & galvanise participants’ creative flair and problem solving skills, providing our cohorts with the self-confidence and motivation to access further vocational or traditional education.

Often, our participants complete a course in Basic Joinery & DIY and go on to volunteer in their community, explore further career prospects or take positive steps towards entering or re-entering the world of work.

If you are responsible for a cohort or a group of individuals whom may benefit from our Learning Programme please contact us at urbanworkbench@wemakeplaces.org to discuss opportunities for tailored programmes with specific, measurable outcomes.

We Make Places CIC is a UK Registered Learning Provider (UK Registered Provider reference number: 10084405), through which Urban Workbench can provide additional training, professional & educational development with recognised certifications.

We will soon be able to offer additional accredited courses to our cohorts.

Having recently set up specialist, ‘satellite’ workshops at the heart of neighbourhoods in which We Make Places are actively engaged, our cross-pollinated team has made a substantial impact on social cohesion and wellbeing of the community’s residents; from flourishing friendships to a new-found love of gardening & nature!

You can read (and watch!) more on Urban Workbench interventions with one of our social housing communities OVER HERE!