About Chopsticks Charity

Chopsticks is a non-profit charity that caters for adults with disabilities, treating all our members as individuals 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, mowing lawns and making gardenware products! 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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Tasha Hartley

Workshop Supervisor

Tasha supports members in the workshop, helping them with her friendly and bubbly attitude. She is as at home driving the forklift truck as she is ensuring each and every member has the attention required on any given day.

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Jan Glen

General Manager Finance

Jan does the behind the scenes paperwork that keeps the business running smoothly; whether that be dealing with Payroll, invoicing our services and products or fielding enquiries.

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Victoria Noone

Community Outreach Worker

To ensure that our Members are never without a little extra support where needed outside of Work, Victoria has joined the Team as our second Outreach worker. With her bubbly personality and kind heart she is a great support for them when Elaine is otherwise engaged.

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Tracey Taylor

General Manager Operations

Tracey is the talent behind Chopshed that produces rustic garden ware such as planters, log sheds, tables and benches. Our in-house Mrs fix-it also helps keep our machinery running like clockwork and oversees the Workshop, including health and safety matters.

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Elaine Shepherd

Community Outreach Worker

Nothing is too much trouble for Elaine who helps some of our Members with tasks outside of their work with Chopsticks. Whether it be shopping for new clothes or simply paying a bill, Elaine is there to help make sure those Members who need that little bit of extra help receive it with a smile.

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Ron Callahan

Senior Service Support Assistant

Ron moved to the UK from America in 2004 and since then has attained a wealth of experience in social health care and working with vulnerable adults. His personality and sense of fun make him a popular staff member as he turns his hand to whatever is needed at any given time.

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Laura Taylor

Workshop Supervisor

Laura started out lending a helping hand in the Workshop when any of our full-time staff members took holiday or to cover an increased workload. However, she obviously enjoyed it so much she decided to join the Team as a full member of staff. Her social media skills and work ethic make her a great asset and she is much loved by staff and Members alike.

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Matthew Dixon

Workshop Team

Matthew has recently joined Chopsticks under the Government Kickstart Scheme and is already proving to be valuable addition to our Workshop Team with his ability to understand and work well with our Members. Matt has a keen interest in computers and gaming, and enjoys upcycling and anything to do with Motor Cross and Moto GP. Matthew is eager to learn new skills that will set him up for the future and open up opportunities he might not otherwise have had.

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Ben McDonald

Service Support Assistant

Ben has joined us one day a week to assist with our gardening services. His bubbly personality has already made him a favourite with our Members and we are very happy to welcome him to the Team.

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Stewart Wilson

Apprentice Service Support Assistant

Stewart originally joined us last year under the Kickstart Scheme. However, having proved his worth as part of the Team, it was decided to offer him an Apprenticeship. With his work ethos and ability to chat to our Members we think he will go far.

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.