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Watch our BBC One South Today Interview

If you didn’t catch it, here is Against the Grain appearing on BBC One’s South Today lunchtime programme back in October last year just before our official launch.  It features one of trainees Matt and Katharine Horler, CEO of Adviza Partnership whose is the brainchild behind the idea of Against the Grain.

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We Now Have A Pop-Up Shop In Reading!

We are excited to announce Against the Grain has now opened a pop-up shop in Reading’s Broad Street Mall where you will be able to view and purchase a selection of the pieces of furniture which our trainees have produced. The shop is accessible via the St Mary’s Butt’s entrance opposite Reading Bus shop.  The opening hours are Monday – Wednesday 10-4pm, Thursday 10-2pm and Friday – Saturday 10-4pm. Pop in and say hello and you can also talk to … Read more

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ATG Chosen as Charity of the Year for Holy Brook Associates

We are delighted to announce we have been chosen as Charity of the Year by local company Holy Brook Associates, a Training and Consultancy company.  We are looking forward to meeting with them soon to discuss opportunities to work together.  A big thank you to Rachel and her team for choosing us from the numerous applications!!

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Our Story Told In Photographs

Against the Grain is holding a photographic exhibition at The Turbine House at Blake’s Lock which tells our story from inception to current day.  There will be a number of pieces of furniture produced by our trainees on display with photographs of our journey over the last 12 months. The exhibition will feature some beautiful hand-made wooden spoons which one of our trainees has worked on with one of our volunteers, Elliott Hamer who is a furniture design graduate from … Read more

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WOOP & Against the Grain Inspiring People Of All Ages

On 28th & 29th July Against the Grain will be teaming up with Adviza’s WOOP (Worlds of Opportunities) for a 2 day hands on event in Reading town centre.  The FREE 2 day event will encourage Berkshire residents to find out more about job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).  Against the Grain will be holding 2 FREE upcycling workshops across both days with 2 sessions on each day, running from 10 – 12 & 2-4. Friday 28th … Read more

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New Partnership for Against the Grain

Against the Grain is delighted to announce a new partnership with local company Connecttvt as part of their new ‘Digital Gum’ six-week employability training course for apprentices and returners to work.  Each of the course attendees will work on a digital project to support us as part of their course. We will provide a brief and then the attendees will conduct a digital audit. Across the six weeks they will then work on ideas using the digital skills they learn and will … Read more

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ATG Closure Announcement – November 2017

Against the Grain was set up just over 2 years ago.   The project team and Board of Trustees have been on an exciting journey since its inception.  However, due to challenging financial circumstances, the Trustees have reluctantly decided that it is necessary to suspend current operations, with effect from 20th December 2017.  The project team will, therefore, be winding down our current activities over the next few weeks. The Trustees’ intention is to build on the learning from the last … Read more

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