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BOLD – Beds Opportunities for Learning Disabilities - Work Experience in Workshop, Farm and Gardening

Who are we?

We are a charity supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities

What do we do?

Working with wood is known to be very therapeutic, with this mind we set up a workshop where our project members restore and mend donated furniture, upcycle donated items and make new items.

Old furniture that is donated is stripped by hand and then given a new lease of life, or recycled into something completely different such as donated sewing machines are now tables in our café.

Thanks to kind donations we have a quantity of wood which we use to make planters, benches, Christmas decorations, bird boxes, garden furniture and many other decorative items which are sold online, at craft sales and at our café. Nothing is wasted as left over wood is bagged up and sold as kindling.

All the furniture in our café started life in our workshop and has been transformed from unwanted items to individual pieces of furniture all slightly different all lovingly made.

Animal Farm

Animal husbandry in the form of a small holding is the latest venture by B.O.L.D. On the site of the café we, our gardening team, have built a chicken coup and run, a pig enclosure and goat enclosure. Our project members are learning basic animal care and what is entailed when running a small holding, they are involved with feeding, grooming, protection and what to look out for to keep them healthy.


B.O.L.D has a large range of garden maintenance contracts in the community, looking after gardens (sites) for schools, housing associations, businesses and private individuals. We also take on one off projects including fencing, patio laying and site clearance. This gives people with learning disabilities experience of work and responsibility. The gardening programme also builds self- esteem and confidence and forms friendships that will last a lifetime.

The gardening teams go out every day and project members have the opportunity to gain a wide range of skills, whilst being fully supported, including: mowing, planting, pruning, hedge-cutting and all aspects of garden and machinery maintenance.

We operate the gardening project as near to a commercial garden maintenance company as possible. We work as near as possible to a full working day. Project members are encouraged to keep regular hours and good timekeeping. They are expected to come suitably dressed for work, wet weather clothing, boots and gloves are provided. The variety of sites and work brings our project members into contact with a wide range of people

B.O.L.D has an allotment where we grow a range of vegetables which are used in our café. The allotment is composed entirely of raised beds, all of which were built and installed by our gardening team and a local business, which has given all our project members irrelevant of age or mobility the opportunity to garden and produce home grown vegetables.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sharon Hart
Contact Position

Where to go

A Different Brew, 106
Clapham Road
MK41 7PJ
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
10am - 3pm

Other Details

Age Bands
18-25 years old
Parents and carers