About Chopsticks Charity

                                      

Chopsticks is a non-profit charity that caters for adults with disabilities, treating all our members as individuals with a strive to provide the best support possible; tailored to each person’s needs! The charity was established by a small group of adults with learning disabilities that began working for themselves chopping firewood from scrap timber and selling it to the general public, thus creating ‘Chopsticks’, the charity we know and love today.

Kindling is at the heart of what we do but we also offer a range of other services and activities for our members such as crafts classes, gardening and cooking! Here we provide a very safe, fulfilling experience for our members and clients. The time they are here allows them to improve their social skills, gain confidence and form great friendships. They also gain work experience displaying their skills in contributing to the creation of high quality products.

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Our Team

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Phil Bramhall

Charity Administrator and Development Manager

Phil is in charge of us all here at Chopsticks, He has a professional yet friendly attitude to work and shows real care and enthusiasm to the staff and in particular the members.

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Sharon Best

Service Provisions Manager

Sharon runs the workshop, teaching members skills in the workshop from chopping, sorting and packing kindling to creating planters and other wood creations! There’s no job too big or small for Sharon.

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Julie Smart

Work Shop/Crafts

Julie also works in the workshop with the members as well as running the Monday Crafts Class with her never ending creative ideas.

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Pauline Harle

Workshop/Soup

Pauline works in the workshop with the members as well being the Chopsticks chef making soup and lots of other yummy dishes.

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Tasha Hartley

Workshop

Tasha also works in the workshop helping the members with her friendly and bubbly attitude to work.

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Hollie Townsend

Digital Marketing and Social Media apprentice

Hollie is in charge of all the social media at Chopsticks from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram and more.

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Eddie Baker

Garden Care Maintenance Supervisor

Eddie runs the garden care maintenance scheme and is just as friendly as he is hard working going from garden to garden, door to door making sure that the members provide the best service possible to our customers.

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Karen Mott

Community Outreach

Karen cares for various clients as part of our community outreach team. She dedicates time and care to ensure that every individuals needs are met to the best of her ability.

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Karen Alderson

Community Outreach

Karen also cares for our clients as part of our community outreach team. She dedicates time and care to ensure that every individuals needs are met to the best of her ability.

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Sue Slater

Office and Accounts Administrator

Sue is our new accounts administrator who has recently joined us here at Chopsticks. Her friendly attitude and hard working attitude is a credit to the office.

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Martyn Renton

Office Administrator

Martyn is a new member of staff to the office employed by Shaw Trust, his passionate attitude to the charity and hard work is a credit to the office

Our Awards

Duke of york's community initiative award

In 2002 Chopsticks was awarded with the Duke of York’s Community Initiative award for its achievements in the community.

In 2005 Chopsticks was granted with the higher award for its recognised development.

HRH the Duke of York’s Community Initiative award recognises excellence in communities in Yorkshire and aims to encourage the development of Community Spirit!

How green are we?

Chopsticks garden

We heat our building with a wood burning biomass boiler fuelled by our own waste wood and we are proud that our service is environmentally friendly.

All the kindling we sell is also ‘carbon neutral’ meaning that no extra carbon dioxide is released as a result of burning it.

The timber that we use is all waste timber which would otherwise been sent to landfill.

With all this in mind Chopsticks are proud to be doing their bit for the environment helping reduce the carbon footprint and landfill mountain.

Our Ambassadors

We are proud to have Lord William Hague and Baroness Masham as the patrons of our Charity. Additionally, we also appreciate the never ending support from our ambassadors Charlie Turner at Sam Turner’s and Liam Spencer at Northallerton Glass.

If you would like to become an ambassador for our charity then please contact us on info@chopsticks.org.uk or ring our office on 01609 761661.