Robert and Barry receiving their Chris Loeber Long Service Award

Robert’s Story

Robert was 16 when he had a car accident, leaving him with severe spinal injuries and fractured skull. He now has restricted mobility and suffers from osteoarthritis. He also lost sight in one eye. He led a very active life working on the farm, playing football and an Army Cadets.

Robert spent many years in rehabilitation, learning new skills and doing light assembly work, but was unable to take on full time employment. With support from his Consultant and Physiotherapist he was referred to the Workshop and was in his 30’s when he started work with us.

Quote from Robert:-

From then on my life turned around. I made new friends, learnt new skills and it was great to receive praise from a customer after restoring their chair. I still enjoy helping everyone and I like being occupied.’

Robert has been at the Workshop for some years now. He says ‘I still get job satisfaction as every chair is different. Coming to Greenaway Workshop gives him something to look forward to each day.

 

Paul’s Story

Paul was a successful business man, working for Chubb-Fire. He designed and introduced the new hand held computer throughout the company and responsible for over 100 staff.

Paul was due to go on holiday the day he suffered a serious stroke. He was unconscious for a month and in Derby Royal Infirmary for 10 weeks. He returned home with very poor mobility, poor speech and unable to drive.

Paul says that he received brilliant medical services, but was very isolated at home. His Speech Therapist encouraged him to visit the Workshop. Paul has been coming to the Workshop now for over 5 years.

The improvement to Paul’s health and mobility has been immense. It took him a long time to say one word, now he can put a small sentence together. His left arm was unaffected but very weak. Working on chairs and playing dominoes has made it a lot stronger and this has helped him to regain his driving license and now drives an adapted car. He says that renovating a chair gives him great satisfaction and he feels that he can again contribute something in the workplace.

Paul says that the benefit to him from being at the Workshop has been ‘Massive’.

Toni’s Story

My name is Toni and I am 30 years old.

I found Greenway Workshop through my clinical psychologist, who put me in touch with Bankcoft in Ashbourne.

Ralph who works there came out with me for a few weeks to help me settle in.

I started on 20thJanuary 2014 for a 3 month trial. In the three months I learnt how to repair rush and cane chairs, plus how to use the printer.

I really like repairing different chairs and stools with cane, sea grass and rush.

I get on with all the staff, we like to help each other out if stuck.

Rachael is lovely, she’s doing a cracking job there.

Being at the Workshop has given me something to get up for in a morning.

I like working with my hands. I will recommend my friends to the Workshop.

Margaret

Carer of Workshop Member

To me, the fact that my husband can attend Greenaway Workshop is of inestimable value, from the point of view of the respite for me, while knowing that he is safe in the supportive environment there.  Those times provide me with opportunities to deal, uninterrupted, with household demands.  I also benefit from the chance to attend medical and therapeutic appointments, Carers` meetings or an adult education class, for my own welfare.  His attendance at Greenaway gives me time to relax and “recharge my batteries”, thereby contributing to my ability to continue, in my demanding role of caring for my husband at home.