Our workers are adults with learning disabilities living in and around Ripon, North Yorkshire. They work in a positive, friendly and happy environment with dedicated staff supporting them. In house training sees our workers build up independence, gain first hand work experience and everyday life skills.
As well as working on all aspects of producing the products; from sourcing materials, joinery, painting, sewing, packaging, quality control, dispatch through to marketing and selling, our workers are trained in every day life skills such as meeting new people, gaining the ability to socialise, dealing with money and managing time.
The Workers feel a sense of belonging to the workshops and feel ownership of the products they make and sell, bringing them confidence and self belief.
Hannah joined us 2 years ago. She's always full of enthusiasm and fantastic on the computer.
Adam is one of our talented artists who is especially skilled at fine detail painting.
Ellen brings positivity and sunshine to the workshops.
Lucy joined us on work experience at the age of 14 and joined the team as a worker 4 years ago. She
Jessica joined us a year ago and has quickly found her talent of stencilling designs on our garden r
Ian loves working in the garden at the workshops.
Alex has been with us for 12 years. She loves being with her friends at the workshops and working in
Jonathan is our workshop Foreman and one of our founding members. His speciality is painting rainbow
William is our resident Olympian, being a member of the Special Olympic swim team. He is also very s
Beth is another one of our founding members, joining the team 16 years ago. She loves spending her t
Ryan is one of our talented detail painters and resident no 1 Disney fan.
Rebekah is one of a founding members, joining the team 16 years ago. She enjoys detail painting and
Jamie has been with the team for 12 years. He's one of our talented detail painters, when he's not w
Jamie loves woodwork and card making especially with Brenda, one of our fantastic volunteers.
Christopher is always full of ideas that are backed up by his great enthusiasm. He enjoys all aspect
Shaun is very good at working independently on preserving painting for our garden range.
Sam is our resident 'Projector Man' who loves taking photos. He's also very good at painting and put
Emma has been part of the team since the beginning, joining 16 years. She enjoys card making and tak
Andrew enjoys gardening in all weathers with our wonderful volunteer Trixie.
Matthew is one of our founding members, joining us 16 years ago. He likes the volunteering opportuni
Victoria enjoys sorting out orders and ordering supplies. She's also one of talented writers.
Ben joined the team 7 years ago. He loves playing darts with his mates at lunch time.
Daniel has been with us for 15 years. He enjoys working alongside his fellow workers.
Rachael enjoys running our stalls and helping out at our coffee mornings.
Annie enjoys taking part in the courses.
OUR STAFF TEAM
We have a wonderful, dedicated and experienced staff team at Jennyruth Workshops, all of whom are committed to supporting and enabling our workers to achieve their potential here.
All staff are enhanced DBS checked and undertake regular relevant training including safeguarding and health and safety training. Four of the full-time staff have their First Aid at Work Level 3 Qualification.
We are also fortunate to have a large team of volunteers and trustees who work alongside us to achieve the aims of Jennyruth Workshops. Team work is very important to us; no one person can do everything but between us we can achieve great things. Respect for others and working together are part of our work and our ethos.
Nicky Newell, Chief Officer