About us

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and welfare of our staff has slowed down our processes and consequently resulted into delays. However we remain fully operational. We have a full time healthcare worker ensuring we are following best practice guidelines to mitigate against Covid-19 whilst monitoring Government guidelines daily.

St. Michael’s Workshop is fully functional

Even though our workshop team is practising social distancing, rest assured they are doing all they can to ensure that the orders are made and dispatched as quickly as possible. Please keep an eye on your emails for further updates confirming a delivery. As the need to support social distancing increases, we are not open to personal callers.

Problem with items
If you find you have an item with a fault or need advice, please contact our office directly on 01603 746106 or send us a message and we will be able to assist making arrangements to return the product via post or courier.

We are facing challenging times along with chaos, anxiety and uncertainty effecting everyone. Daily life feels like a Science Fiction movie, but in reality there are many things we are doing to mitigate the effects of COVID 19.

In a word we are being Responsive in a Crazy world.


Staff are our priority.

We have adjusted our processes and working patterns to minimise the spread of COVID 19 and balancing the service levels offered to customers. We are prioritising safe working and support and reviewing this several times a day.

Bowthorpe Community Trust has a Wellness programme that is unique, but so essential in such times to keep moral high. Advice is available to all staff from healthy living, exercise to providing a full range of psychological services to assist through this uncertainty and its effects on family and friends.


We will do all we can to keep our service standards as high as possible to our loyal customers.

We appreciate your custom, loyalty, support and patience.
A massive thank you,

St. Michael’s Workshop Team.


Saint Michael's Workshop was established in 1984 as part of the Bowthorpe Community Trust, Reg. charity no. 1147049. Half the Trustees are appointed by Bowthorpe Church, which is an Ecumenical Partnership seeking to serve the local community.

The role of the Workshop is to help people with learning difficulties and physical disadvantages to develop their full potential.  Working with wood, fostering social skills and encouraging creative and therapeutic activities which form the basis of each week.

Among our trainees are people with Downs syndrome, those with autistic traits, others with learning difficulties, those who are registered blind, needing a wheelchair or prone to seizures.  They attend for between one and four days each week, giving a unique mix of people on each day. Most trainees are involved in the finishing of wood items by hand-sanding, wax polishing and oiling.  Some have a particular gift for painting.  Others have skills in drawing out shapes and cutting them on a fretsaw.  Some have been trained in the safe use of other woodworking machinery such as the band-saw, pillar drill and electric sander. It is satisfying for each person to see their work being valued by customers, and to take a pride in keeping   standards high.

There are opportunities for trainees to follow through their own ideas in designing items, and in commissioning gifts or making greeting cards featuring plywood shapes. Every Godly Play item is hand crafted and finished.

Social contacts are rich and varied. Interaction between staff, trainees and our valued volunteer helpers form a natural part of the daily routine. At lunch time there may be card-games, snooker and visits to the shops or a walk. There are regular trips to the nearby Post Office to dispatch goods, providing good social encounters with the general public as well as developing an awareness of places and distances.  These contacts increase the confidence of trainees and bring an added dimension into the life of the community.