A Bulwell workshop which gives vulnerable and long-term unemployed people training is appealing for donations of materials.
Eve Trades, based at Lillington Road, offers basic training in wood craft, DIY, painting and decorating, cycle building and maintenance.
A spokesman for Eve Trades said: “Learning these basic skills helps them do jobs in their own home to improve their living space and gives them a sense of pride and purpose.
“Each course takes individuals on a four week journey and they can remain with us through all three areas.
“Throughout the process we can then look at extending their learning opportunities elsewhere or assist them with finding employment.
He added: “All our instructors have had extensive experience in the building and construction industry. You can’t beat practical experience when it comes to delivering the very best training.
“Eves utilises recyclable materials and equipment and we would be pleased to receive offers of paint, wall paper, bikes and wood.”
Participants in the scheme are referred from support services and face a number of barriers such as mental health issues, learning disabilities, substance and alcohol misuse, offending histories, physical disabilities and long-term unemployment.
Help is on hand in the form of a support network of trainers, advisors and volunteers who not only give them the work skills of various trades but the confidence, social interaction and hope for the future.
The initiatives include accredited training courses and employment programmes, and are designed to give people the skills, confidence and experience they need to find work.
Once basic courses are completed and a placement undertaken, workers can embark on a qualification – usually an NVQ II or equivalent.
In addition, once in a placement, all learners are trained in Working at Height, Manual Handling and Scaffolding and have the opportunity to gain a Health and Safety Certificate and a CSCS Card if appropriate.
The group is able to collect any donations - anyone who can help, call Andrew on 0115709536. Visit www.evetrades.co.uk/workshop