Making things better!

Against the Grain would not be possible without the support of partners, donations and volunteers...


Support Us

Against the Grain welcomes support from members of the public and the local community including donations of unwanted furniture, paint or materials or skills that you can teach.

Volunteer Skills or Time

We need people who can volunteer time, particularly if you have skills that are relevant to upcycling and business planning for a small business. We are currently looking for:

  • A driver and a van
  • Carpentry skills
  • Upholstery skills
  • Painting techniques such as decoupage
  • Sewing skills
  • Sales and marketing skills


We are looking for all types of furniture including wooden and partially upholstered chairs, tables, chests of drawers, desks, sideboards, shelving and anything else that you no longer want, but is salvageable. It doesn’t matter if it has a few knocks or scratches as we can bring it back to life!

Please note we are unable to take any further furniture donations at present.

Paint & Materials

Most of us have half opened tins of paint or even paint that we’ve never used and no longer have a need for. We gratefully receive any donations of paint and materials such as upholstery fabric, soft furnishing fabrics and trims. You may even have some un-wanted tools which may be of use to us too – paintbrushes, screwdrivers, sanders or sandpaper.

If you think you can offer any of the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.


Raising Funds

The programme has received fantastic feedback so far from participants, trainers, and partners. We’ve also had pro bono support from the community, including temporary premises, supplies, marketing and training, to enable us to begin our work. However, without your help, our first group of young people will not be able to finish their training, or complete a portfolio of furniture that can sustain the enterprise. We are currently aiming to raise £20,000 this year.

£20,000 will do one or more of the following:

  • Provide a modest income for young people to complete an 18-month programme
  • Provide tuition from experts
  • Pay for rented premises
  • Pay for ongoing costs such as tools, materials, collections and deliveries

So far we have raised £10,000. Please help us reach our target. Donate anything from £1 upwards, every donation really will make a difference!

If you are interested in donating please get in touch.