Whitley Enterprise Workshop Mens Ladies Shed Lead Up

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Whitley Workshop …Mens Shed…Ladies…Youngsters!


Local residents in Whitley are working with the Men’s Shed to start up a smaller satellite group in Whitley. The sessions will run at New Directions, from 2pm-4pm on the first Friday of every month, launching on Friday 1st July. The sessions are open to everyone (including women and enterprising youngsters!). People can bring along small items that need repairing or just drop in to socialise and find out more about the workshop. Best of all it’s totally FREE!!


It’s beginning to happen! A workshop for ANYONE to attend – both sexes! Any age! Please see the official poster which is now being circulated. You may find this BBC Healthy Link of Interest.  Gardening is better than medication!

Why not give a clue to your interests by going to the anonymous poll pages.

If not – no worries, come along and tell us! you can be set up and taught with whatever . Just gives WEW a CLUE… that’s all! (for any future planning.) You can read about enterprising Richard on the other posts. 

Whitley Workshop idea of Richard WORKS! thanks to the BBC showing this documentary…A taster from the BBC about such a workshop going overboard in success.

– Watch here

But…he didn’t need to prove it – he just knew. Thanks to this broadcast he has now been offered initial workspace. Watch this space!

Talking of one Friday every month to start? Could be more though!


Latest News At Whitley Community Centre Cafe 252 Northumberland Avenue.

A taster REPAIR CAFE was hosted between 09.30 – 12.30pm on Saturday morning 20th February2016 Previously at Jackson’s Corner Reading.

Good to see so many pop in and bring their possessions to be be fixed. They brought along anything that doesn’t work! but drew the line at the old man and the kids. (They knew it couldn’t be promised to fix them! but you never knew!) Tea, coffee and cakes available from the cafe were served. They just popped in and it was a very good atmosphere


Whitley Enterprise Workshop – design it! make it! repair it!

Whitley Enterprise Workshop – design it! make it! repair it!

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Whitley enterprise workshop would benefit from years of Richard’s equiping workshops.

To design, make,  fix  and  repair.  This will be an OPEN workshop

Whitley Enterprise Workshop is the idea of Richard Jessel – Inventor.  He has an inventive mind and has learned and implemented new skills.   A little rhyming snippet of experience!

  • Richard feels everyone should have a facility at the ready and learn to do…well…anything!

He would like the opportunity to start such a workshop for the people of Whitley, and now that 1,000,000 of Lottery money has been allocated, he’d like to see some of this apportioned towards starting a Whitley Enterprise Workshop.

Whitley Residents for those inclined, would benefit by renewing their skills and imparting  knowledge to others of all ages,  especially the unemployed to bring about confidence,  competence,  fulfilment,  and the possibility of setting up and starting their own business’s.

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What do you say?

Pop into the Whitley Cafe,  have a coffee and whilst biting on a delicious slice of cake,  discuss and share your thoughts at a future enterprise workshop meeting.  Watch this space!

You can contact Richard by using our in-line contact form for any queries.  “Get in touch.”

Reading Midweek Wednesday April 29th 2015

“Whitley residents have a rare chance to help decide what skills will be made available to local people in a project aimed at helping to improve prospects for those seeking work.

Whitley Community Development Association is drawing up plans for a collaborative workshop space where skilled people who can spare some time to pass on practical knowledge to others, such as the unemployed or under-employed.  The scheme is supported by Reading Borough Council,  JobCentre Plus and the Heritage Lottery-Funded Whitley  1 Million.

But to find out what skills are required organisers are putting on a people for people in the area to brainstorm ideas.  They will then cost the various options. Ed’s note: this has now taken place.

John Ord  of the Whitley Trust said…

“There is clearly a wealth of ability in the area and this project gives us the chance,  not just to utilise people’s talents but also to to give an opportunity to those who have skills they would be willing to pass on, the satisfaction of helping others.

” It may be that we can get companies to help but I’m sure there are skilled who are possibly retired who still have a lot to offer.

“The first thing we need to do is find out what skills people in Whitley want to learn so if if people are seeking work or want to improve their prospects,  I would urge them to come along and tell us what they want to learn. ” Ed’s note:  this has now taken place

” We can then investigate what we can provide.  It’s important we base this on the people this is about.”

Also working on the scheme is Richard Jessel who previously helped Kings Meadow Baths Campaign during which he also attempted with others,  a similar kind of learning base to restore the Baths.  He now hopes to see a fuller scheme work within Whitley.”

Ed’s note:  The event was held on Wednesday April 29th from 12.30 to 2pm at the Whitley Cafe/Bar in the South Reading Community Centre, 252 – 260 Northumberland Avenue.