OUR WORKERS

Our workers are adults who have 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.

Jonathan

Jonathan

Hi I'm Jonathan and I founded Jennyruth Workshops along with my Dad back in the 80's. I love painting rainbow crosses and being the Foreman. When I'm not at the workshops I enjoy train spotting and looking after my garden.

Annie

Annie

Hi I'm Annie and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2016. I like woodwork, being in the magazine group and seeing friends and staff. When I'm not at the workshops I like going to the pub and spending time with my friends.

Matthew

Matthew

Hi I'm Matthew and I'm one of the founding members of Jennyruth Workshops. My parents started the charity back in the 80's. I love being in the communication group, working on my detail painting skills and working independently. When I'm not at the workshop I enjoy going to church, the theatre, dancing and meals out.

Ellen

Ellen

Hi I'm Ellen. I love painting and designing teddy bears in the design group. When I'm at home I like walking and making people laugh.

Ben

Ben

Hi I'm Ben and I'm one of the founding members of Jennyruth Workshops. It was started by my parents back in the 80's. My favourite thing is being in woodwork and using the drill to put roofs on bug homes. I'm happy here! When I'm not at the workshops I love dancing and playing football, especially kicking the ball.

Daniel

Daniel

Hi I'm Daniel and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2006. I love designing dragons, painting and working in the office. When I'm not at the workshops I enjoy horse riding.

Ryan

Ryan

Hi I'm Ryan and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2022. I like woodwork with Richard and painting bird boxes. When I'm at home I enjoy going on the computer and watch YouTube.

Thomas

Thomas

Hi I'm Tom and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2022. I like working in the laser room and being in the paintshop. When I'm not at the workshop I enjoy watching TV, horse riding and baking.

Chris

Chris

Hi I'm Chris and I've been coming to the workshops since 2022. I enjoy sewing, working on the magazine and being in the paintshop. When I'm not at the workshops I love being at home with my mum and baking.

James

James

Hi I'm James and I'm been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2022. I love using the laser cutter. When I'm at home I enjoy playing on my PlayStation.

Victoria

Victoria

Hi I'm Victoria and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2017. I enjoy stencilling and working in the office. When I'm at home I like going to cafes and trying different cakes.

William

William

Hi I'm William and I've been coming to the workshops since 2011. My favourite thing at the workshops is using the scroll saw and painting wrens. When I'm not at the workshops I like filming videos for my YouTube channel and swimming.

Shaun

Shaun

Hi I'm Shaun. I enjoy woodwork with Richard and painting. When I'm not at the workshop I like cleaning and doing my housework. and spending time at home in the garden.

Ryan

Ryan

Hi I'm Ryan and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2007. I love spending time with my friends and painting. When I'm not at the workshops I like watching Disney films. My favourites are Hercules, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Alex

Alex

Hi I'm Alex and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2011. I enjoy woodwork and learning office skills. When I'm not at the workshops I love being at home with my friends and visiting my mummy in France.

Martin

Martin

Hi I'm Martin. I like working with wood and building bird boxes in woodwork. When I'm at home I enjoy walking, dancing and working at Realitea.

Beth

Beth

Hi I'm Beth and I'm one of the founding members of Jennyruth Workshops. The charity was started by my parents back in the 80's. I'm good at touching up bird boxes and I love being in the gardening group and taking part in community events. When I'm not at the workshops I love Bollywood dancing and attending Danceability.

Hannah

Hannah

Hi I'm Hannah. I like seeing all of the team, having a laugh with all the staff and painting. When I'm not at work I enjoy going out, zumba and heading to McDonalds.

Lucy

Lucy

Hi I'm Lucy and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshop since 2013. I love painting bird boxes and detailed painting using my magic machine. When I'm at home I love spending time with my mummy and going out for lunch.

Rebekah

Rebekah

Hi I'm Rebekah and I'm one of the founding members of Jennyruth Workshops. My parents started the charity back in the 80's. I enjoy making bird boxes in woodwork and stencilling. When I'm not at the workshops I love playing football and going dancing.

Emma

Emma

Hi I'm Emma and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2020. I love showing people around the workshop, being helpful, woodwork and working in the office. When I'm not at the workshops I enjoy looking after my chickens, helping my sister at the Vets and watching horror films.

Andrew

Andrew

Hi I'm Andrew. I enjoy making hedgehog homes and bat boxes with Simon. I also like being out in the garden. When I'm at home I like gardening and cooking.

Jessica

Jessica

Hi I'm Jessica. I like being in woodwork where I use the drill, hammer and put bird boxes together. When I'm not at the workshop I enjoy cuddles with my dog Snickers and looking looking after my fish.

Rachael

Rachael

Hi I'm Rachael. I enjoy woodwork and working with Phoebe in art skills. When I'm at home I love colouring in.

Adam

Adam

Hi I'm Adam. I like painting and I'm very good at detail painting. When I'm at home I enjoy boxing, going to the gym and sketching.

Jamie

Jamie

Hi I'm Jamie and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2007. I like detail painting and working on bespoke orders. When I'm not at the workshop I love Morris Dancing, drumming and tandem cycling.

Christopher

Christopher

Hi I'm Christopher. I love working with the woodwork team on bespoke projects especially bin stores and planters. When I'm at home I like going bowling, to the cinema and scuba diving.

Jamie

Jamie

Hi I'm Jamie. I like doing a little bit of everything at Jennyruth. When I'm not at the workshops I enjoy walking my dog Pippa and going to The Link.

Emma

Emma

Hi I'm Emma and I've been coming to the workshop since it opened in 2004. I like woodwork and painting. When I'm not at the workshops and I love working on my sister's farm.

Sam

Sam

Hi I'm Sam and I've been coming to Jennyruth Workshops since 2006. I like painting bee homes and being independent. When I'm not at the Workshops I enjoy visiting Mum and Dad, listening to Pop Master and Tv Tunes.

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.

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Nicky Newell

CEO

Having been involved as a parent for many years, I joined the staff team in 2016 as the finance administrator. I took on my current role in autumn 2019 following an internal restructure. I love the varied and busy workload of running the Workshops and am lucky to have such a great team to work with.

If you would like to support us in any way, please do get in touch with me by email nicky@jennyruth.co.uk Tel - 01765606620

Admin Team

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Shelley Atkinson

Volunteer Co-ordinator

I support the Course Supervisors as well as being the Volunteer Coordinator and supporting our amazing Workers with various office tasks. I really love my varied role which combines all of my favourite aspects of Jennyruth Workshops and allows me to work more closely with all of the team!

shelley@jennyruth.co.uk

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Avril Crack

Administrator

I have a varied role as an administrator; welcoming visitors, keeping records up-to-date, banking and posting items.  I really enjoy it when the workers come into the office and we can work together. Everybody is so friendly here it makes it a pleasure to come to work.

info@jennyruth.co.uk

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Anna Smith

Publicity and Media

I've been involved with the Workshop on and off for the past 7 years but joined the staff team in January 2021. I keep our website and online shop up-to-date, run all of our Social Media accounts and handle any publicity that comes our way! 

For media enquiries please contact me on anna@jennyruth.co.uk.

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