Over the last few weeks, Urban Workbench hosted a Basic Joinery & DIY learning programme for young people in collaboration with Merseyside Youth Association and Back on Track.  This involved 7 participants of the Talent Match programme attending 6 sessions, over 3 weeks.  

Participants were introduced to basic joinery using hand and power tools and got to see our CNC machine in action. 

The group upcycled donated pallets into tool & fishing tackle boxes.  They also co-designed and repurposed unloved timber chairs into unique benches & seating with storage & foot rests! 

MYA mentors said “our Talent Match participants often have multiple barriers ranging from poor mental health, previous offences, disability, adverse childhood experiences, lack of community engagement, social isolation and substance misuses.” 

Individuals were from different parts of Liverpool City Region and didn’t know each other before joining the Talent Match programme.

Through the therapeutic benefits of making, our cohort built new relationships and increased their self-confidence. All 7 participants completed the sessions with 100% attendance throughout, a significant achievement when working with this referral group.  

“It was a privilege to watch all the young people grow in confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness and also to grow socially” continued the MYA mentor.


The feedback shared by the participants has been amazing. It has reinforced our belief in the power of making to provide a way to grow not just skills but self-confidence.

We are sure that after reading their comments you will think so too! It’s exciting to be taking these workshops into new neighbourhoods this year and are always looking for new partners.

We hope that our participants use their new skills & increased confidence to further themselves and continue to be friends! 

Urban workbench will continue to explore ways to support these individuals on their journey towards the world of work. This includes seeking apprenticeships and qualifications with other organisations or ourselves as we develop our new status as a UK Registered Learning Provider 

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