Benchmark offers training and work-related opportunities in furniture making and short woodwork courses at its base: Ground Floor, Building 8, Wilsons Park, Monsall Road, Newton Heath, M40 8WN.  It is easily accessible by public transport and usually attracts citywide referrals.

66Being part of Benchmark allows you to develop your skills in a fully equipped furniture making workshop within a supported environment. There is a programme of time-limited courses using hand tools and training in the use of woodwork machinery.  Each course, offers goal setting, regular reviews, an opportunity for Occupational Therapy if the need is identified and a move on plan following your time with us. We can work with you to connect you with local training and work related opportunities to support your continued wellbeing. 

During your time at Benchmark you may also have the opportunity to gain manufacturing experience by working on commissions for projects such as garden furniture, reception desks and many other items and aspects of furniture making and woodwork related products. All training programmes encourage personal reflection based on individual goals such as:

  • Building structure and routine
  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Increasing independence
  • Having a sense of achievement and progress through learning and training
  • Feeling comfortable in a group setting
  • Developing work-related skills
  • Feeling useful