Jason has always had a passion for education, community and creating beautiful and unique things. He spent the first 20 years of his working life as a director of a bespoke glazing company with an annual turnover in excess of 4 million pounds. He was responsible for the company's design and fabrication, and the company's projects included many unique static and motorised glazed structures. In 2010 he changed direction and took up the post of crafts teacher in a small private school in the West Midlands.
He now wishes to combine his managerial and educational experience with his passion for a inclusive and supportive community that is not dependant on the financial ability to pay to become a member. Throughout his life he has experienced the mental, physical and community benefits of working creativity and imaginatively with your hands and wishes to bring all of this together under one roof that is available for all.
Born and bred in the black country, Trevor left Liverpool college of Art with a diploma in art and design and has spent most of his working life as a furniture and cabinetmaker in Birmingham. He had his own business making wooden Victorian toys and rocking horses which sold across the country including Harrods of London. In the last 15 years he has been teaching Art and Craft, working alongside Jason and Tony at a small private school. He has worked with children of all ages and has seen many students successfully through their GCSE exams and particularly enjoys the challenge of teaching teenagers with additional needs. Trevor's art room was always a haven for students looking for a safe place and someone who would listen and his contribution to the community and welfare of the students was considerable and greatly appreciated.
Trevor enjoys playing live music and plays a variety of folk instruments in Bluegrass and Barn Dance bands and is currently teaching violin and music lessons. In his spare time Trevor makes automatons and folk fiddles as well as renovating and restoring old violins.
Linda wandered into the Community Workshop one day to do a lino-printing class and never left. The supportive atmosphere, location and (anyone) can-do attitude is fantastic. The Workshop offers creative facilities for everybody regardless of ability, disability or financial circumstances to flourish artistically and emotionally.
Linda has spent most of her working life supporting people for whom things have gone badly wrong: ex-offenders, the homeless, people with drug and alcohol addictions, persistant school truants and those with poor literacy and numeracy skills. These difficulties frequently lead to poverty and mental health problems. If only they could have accessed a facility like this which offers companionship, creativity and a boost to self-esteem.
Before her retirement in 2018 Linda ran a community bank. It now seems that for her a new working life has just begun.
Tammie has spent the past 5 years working in a Kindergarten and has greatly enjoyed working with the children. She has attended numerous trainings on the subject of early years provision, child development and safeguarding. However her true passion is baking and a few years ago she set up a small business providing cakes and baked goods for schools and the public. The setting up of her company has been a great experience and has given her an opportunity to complete a number of trainings including her food hygiene and barista training. The experience has also given her confidence in cash flow forecasting, budgeting and business management.
Tammie is now really excited to bring together all aspects of her previous working experiences and her trainings to the Community Cafe. Her vision for the cafe is a place supplying top quality food and drinks, in a beautiful an unique atmosphere.
I began my working life in mechanical engineering working in the steel, chemical and transport industries which took me to Africa. Following a major accident at work I retrained to become a further education teacher and assessor specialising in horticulture, working with a wide range of disadvantaged people. Following redundancy I set up a charity running a workshop refurbishing hand tools to ship to artisans in Africa once again working with disadvantaged people.
My wife and I designed and built an award winning eco house which led me to go to the Centre for Alternative Technology where I achieved a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Architecture, Energy and the Environment. I worked as a consultant in these areas of speciality leading me to patent my solar thermal invention called Solarbox which is in the final stages of development. For many years I have refurbished and maintained a wide range of properties incorporating sustainability where possible including educating people along the way.