St Joseph’s Workshop put their helping hands to work

10/08/2011

St Joseph’s Workshop, a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society in West Gosford, buzzes with activity as a group of retired people get together to produce woodwork items that are distributed to the disadvantaged and to Vinnies Centres in the local area.

The workshop was recently visited by St Vincent de Paul Society NSW CEO Graham West, who was presented with a hand-carved plaque of the Vinnies helping hands by workshop President Bruce Dent. The plaque was made by workshop volunteer Daniel Garcia.

Volunteers at the worskhop make a range of items including bedroom furniture, chests of drawers, children’s tables and chairs, clothes racks, boys toy trains and trucks, cots, rocking cradles that include bedding and garden pieces.

The workshop recently purchased a commercial panel saw with a ‘Building Partnerships’ grant from the previous State Government.

Bruce Dent explains that this will allow them to keep up with demand.

“We are making various basic but necessary bedroom furniture pieces for families in need, some rebuilding their lives after fleeing domestic violence, some who have fallen on hard times, and others who are destitute,” Mr Dent said.

In the 2009-2010 financial year, the workshop made 1,226 pieces of furniture and in 2010-11 they produced 1,843 pieces.

“What we don’t give directly to families in need, we send to the Vinnies stores on the Central Coast to raise funds for the Society to assist in their good works,” Mr Dent said.
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