Jennyruth Workshops is a registered charity and a social enterprise based in Ripon, North Yorkshire. We provide a productive workshop for adults with learning disabilities who gain work and life skills and a sense of pride from making and selling a wide range of everyday products. Any profit made from selling our products goes back into building up the Workshops for the public good.
Jennyruth Workshops officially opened at our current premises in 2004 by the Countess of Wessex. We have grown from a small local business meeting the needs of a family of adults with learning disabilities into a productive workshop.
We have the highest level of Duke of York’s award for service to the local community and the best team we can imagine and we are very proud of it!
A large number of volunteers and trustees are involved with the staff in the day to day running of Jennyruth Workshops and everyone works together as a valued team.
Our workshop comprises of an office, paint workshop, sewing room, metal workshop, wood workshop, storage facilities and despatch from which our workers produce a wide range of hand crafted wooden, sewn and metal gifts. From toys and games to household and garden products, we produce something for all the family. We pride ourselves on the high quality of our products and each item produced is subject to strict quality checks before it is sold.
Our workers are involved in all stages of the process from the receipt of raw materials to selling their finished goods in an open, competitive market place. We sell our products online, via a catalogue (telephone ordering) and at a cross section of fairs and events throughout Yorkshire.
We are funded through a mixture of active fundraising, social service funding, grants, profit from sales, charitable donations and gift aid. As a registered charity any income in excess of costs is re-invested in equipment and training our colleagues to allow our capacity to increase.