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


Thanks to all of our partners.

We have had a fantastic level of support to get Against the Grain off the ground and would like to thank all of the people presented below for their contributions so far. We welcome new partners interested in helping to make our social enterprise a success. Please get in touch.


Impetus PEF is helping Against the Grain establish itself as a social enterprise and provides ongoing business management advice and support.

Reading Borough Council is providing Against the Grain workshop and training premises as well as support from a youth worker.

Joseph Bray of Rycotewood School of Furniture, City Oxford College gave the team a tour of their furniture and upholstery workshops and invited them to an end of year exhibition of work.

Connect Reading supports Against the Grain by providing links to employers, business management advice and promoting the programme.

Almond Tree Strategic Consulting has been instrumental in setting up Against the Grain and its owner Julian Lomas continues to provide management and support to the enterprise, as chair of the board of trustees.

Wesley Methodist Church, Reading has provided temporary premises for the programme at no cost, which has enabled young people to receive training and restore their first items of furniture.

Cranbury College provides maths and English tuition for Against the Grain’s young people.

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The Earley Charity has made a very significant financial donation to Against the Grain to pay for vital tools and equipment.

On Vibe’s Phil Donnelly has played a huge role in bringing Against the Grain to life, providing pro bono expertise to develop the new charity’s visual identity and developing our fabulous launch video and website.

Hicks Baker is a commercial property consultant firm who has been instrumental in securing us our premises in Broad Street Mall.

Invesco Cares Foundation has made a generous donation to Against the Grain and is part of Invesco, (an independent investment management firm) who provide grants to organisations who help children & young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and other minority groups.

Broad Street Mall, Reading has assisted us in securing a unit within the Mall and ongoing maintenance and marketing support.  The pop-up shop has enabled us to bring our products to a wider audience.

Other supporters

  • Reading YMCA for a variety of support, including providing facilities and staff to train in basic, practical skills
  • Meredith Bowles and Sarah Barefield for an introduction to upholstery
  • Jenny Ward for her sewing workshop
  • The Bag Shop in Reading for work experience
  • Elliot Hamer, a graduate of Rycotewood, for one-to-one work with one of our trainees using recycled wood to design a table
  • Daisy’s Vintage Homeware for a series of sessions on paint techniques
  • Adviza’s CEO, Katharine Horler and Adviza staff who are providing ongoing support, advice and supervision.