Street Forge Workshops

Street Forge Workshops

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  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Training / employment support

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Street Forge Workshops project was set up in 1986 by a group of people who were themselves disabled, and who were determined to overcome the lack of training and employment opportunities in Suffolk. We are therefore ideally structured to understand the needs, fears, aspirations and ambitions of people with disability.

We are currently working with 40 clients from Mid Suffolk and South Norfolk who have varying degrees of physical and/or learning disability. Our aim is to provide a safe and friendly environment where our clients can learn new skills or improve on existing ones. 

We have set up a shop to sell our woodworking products and we also visit local wood fares. This gives our clients a great feeling of achievements knowing that products they have made, and in some cases designed, are helping to raise additional funds for us.

Open five days per week we are based in Mid-Suffolk between Diss and Stowmarket. The Workshops provide individually designed programmes in an atmosphere which is supportive, work-like and friendly. These programmes are based around vocational opportunities with the aim of assisting users to explore opportunities in the wider community including employment when possible.




We offer a range of training including Woodwork (turning, carving, bench joinery, furniture restoration), IT (word processing, spreadsheets, images, internet), Numeracy and Literacy, and Horticulture, together with Independent Living, Art and Craft. In addition (subject to funding) we are able to offer non vocational training courses and qualifications.

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