Woodwork project forced out of workshop after final nail decision

The unit the social enterprise currently rents is described as 'beyond economic repair'.

A Tayside project providing woodwork training and support to communities is looking for a new home.

Dundee and Angus Wood Recycling Project upcycles wood and sells items on with all the profits reinvested back into the group.

The unit the social enterprise currently rents in Dundee’s Dryburgh Industrial Estate is described as ‘beyond economic repair’.

It has been sold with plans in motion to see it partially demolished and refurbished, leaving the group with nowhere to go.

It’s the second time the group has faced potential closure having previously been forced to move from their original unit.

David MacLean has been a joiner for more than 50 years and is one of the volunteers.

He told STV News: “We’ve got to have somewhere to work out of and more so for the young ones and the other ones that we have with learning difficulties and mental health.

“If it’s out of wood we can make it and I just teach them how to use tools, saws and machinery.

“After a couple of weeks, they’re away with it and making stuff on their own.”

Volunteers hope a new site can be found before the end of September when they have to vacate the premises.

It’s a concern for charity Barnardo’s, who have successfully involved dozens of young people with the project.

Haley Adams from the charity said: “Nobody wants to see Dundee and Angus Wood Recycling close.

“It’s been invaluable for our young people to come along and do work experience here.

“They are recycling stuff, there has to be a solution in the city, there has to be somewhere else for them to go.”

For the last two months, 16-year-old Logan McGovern has been coming to the project.

He said: “I’ve got bad ADHD so I can’t sit still. Barnardo’s asked me if I wanted to do something like this and I said yes straight away.

“If I wanted to go and do joinery, I’ve got all the skills there and it’s something to do.”

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