One of our volunteers, John, shares about his involvement with Bethany’s Upcycling Group.

I was referred to the Upcycling Group by my support worker three or four years ago. I tried it out and have been coming ever since!

I like helping out at the group, both upcycling the furniture and teaching other people the things that I have been taught. I love working with furniture and have used the skills I learnt to upcycle my own furniture at home.

My mum, who is no longer with us, told me how proud and impressed she was with what I had made, and encouraged me to stick at it.

I have upcycled lots of donations that go on to be sold in the Bethany shops; this brings me a lot of joy and satisfaction for the whole upcycling group. The money raised from the furniture is used to help those who are homeless and that could have been me, but I got lucky. Now I have a home and furniture to include in it!