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Rebuilding Furniture. Rebuilding Lives

Out of Dark students

Some men become fathers by an act of biology. Some men take on fatherhood as an act of community. One such man is Jay Blades. He does what some children dream their father would have done. He teaches young people how to work with their hands, feel a sense of accomplishment, learn a marketable skill, and build their sense of self-worth along the way. Please read on to find out about Jay’s organization, “Out of the Dark” which is no ordinary furniture business.

Out of the Dark is a charitable social enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Out of Dark founders

At the heart of Out of The Dark lies the premise of creating an extended family. Not only is the enterprise run as a family business, all young people involved are welcomed into the fold and become part of the family. Out of the Dark is based in High Wycombe, the once epicentre of British furniture manufacturing.

Founded by Jay and Jade Blades, Out of the Dark is an extension to Street Dreams, the charity that they have been running for the past 13 years. Their charity's projects are all about supporting young people to achieve a better life and steer away from crime, and this project brings in the element of craft, DIY and work skills, not to mention the development of self esteem and confidence. Creative and practical skills training, education in business and life skills are helping participants to become more confident in achieving their full potential. The project also helps young people to become job ready.

Out of Dark chair

By salvaging iconic pieces of furniture they are not only lessening the amount of CO2 emissions and amount of rubbish in landfill sites, but are also giving the furniture a new lease on life that will extend the history for new generations to savour.

For more information, please check out their website: http://www.outofthedark.org.uk/

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