Finding a space was a big hurdle for the team. With the support of Te Toi Mahana and Wellington City Council, BenchSpace found a place to call home in an under-utilised room in Brooklyn’s Central Park Apartments, says Volunteer Trish.
“One of the biggest barriers was a place for it to be held. Initially it was a storage room for stuff, the space wasn’t being used for anything. It has been cleared out and is now being used regularly.”
With a space secured, the group of passionate volunteers ran workshops with various groups to gauge community interest and need.
The team behind BenchSpace are clear that the benefits of woodwork go beyond learning woodwork skills. It is as much about building community, building confidence, reducing isolation, increasing the affordability of learning new skills, and supporting good mental health.