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Faithworks Arch Training

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Faithworks Arch Training

Faithworks Arch Training is a great integration into a better way of life – it gives me a good, safe environment so I can relearn how to work. It helps me concentrate on constructive things.” – Arch Trainee

Everyone should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential – to live happier, healthier, more connected lives, whilst benefitting the community around them. 

The training team and skilled volunteers walk alongside those striving to overcome challenges such as homelessness, addiction, and those on probation, as they journey towards a brighter future of education, volunteering and employment.

Referrals can be made internally through our recovery project, externally via other agencies, including many within the Homelessness partnership, and self-referrals. A risk assessment is then completed with our support workers to decide on the most suitable placement.  When a suitable placement is found a taster session is arranged, following which the applicant is accepted onto the Trainee programme.

Our Mission 

As part of our role within Faithworks Arch and the Homelessness Partnership BCP we strive to prevent and stop the cycle of homelessness.  

To best achieve this, there are three key goals in Training: 

  • Every aspect is designed to empower the Trainees. 
  • The services must benefit local community members in real need.
  • We aim to work towards increased financial self-sufficiency, without impacting the above. 

It is essential to have structure for Traineeswithin Arch Training. With a clear goal to work towards as well as developing an understanding of the biggest barrier currently preventing that achievement.  

A structured, consistent environment, teamwork and support enable trainees to move towards achieving their personal goals. When ready, trainees move to the next opportunity sourced with help from the team. Trainees develop work and life skills, grow in confidence and leave with references for their future. The team continue to support as trainees move on, as we know this is a time of particular vulnerability.  

We currently provide training opportunities within our: carpentry workshop, gardening team and warehouse/delivery team.  

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Training Opportunities

Carpentry Workshop

Using donated and recycled wood, trade professionals teach carpentry skills and techniques using machine and hand tools to craft wooden goods. The workshop is a vibrant and positive environment with a space for communal lunch, learning, discussions and, most importantly, bonding.

As part of the goal for financial self-sufficiency, the workshop crafts high-quality goods for retail through the Doorstop Shop including commissioned furniture/workstations for local charities and bespoke pieces for businesses – all of which help provide not only vital income to keep the project functioning, but also a variety of interesting carpentry challenges and techniques for Trainees to learn.

To find out more see our Arch Training FAQs below.

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Gardening Team

The Gardening Team provides an essential service for those who are unable to maintain their own gardens and unable to afford a paid service.

This includes: mowing, weeding, sweeping leaves, pruning hedges and clearing paths. The team help vulnerable members of our community feel safer in their green spaces. 

Church grounds maintenance is also provided within BCP providing an additional way for the Trainees to learn, engage, stay healthy and give back to the local community.

(The Storehouse)

Our Storehouse offers an essential service providing good-quality, second-hand furniture for those moving on from emergency and vulnerable accommodation in to their own home.

Staff, volunteers and trainees work together to source, store and deliver furniture and white goods to homes across BCP.

Trainees receive additional support with addressing housing isssues, applying for ID and benefits, recovery support and where appropriate writing CVs, deciding next steps and interview preparation. Trainees receive a record of attendance and achievements, a strong reference for CVs on successful completion of the programme and a portfolio of the trainees work is presented at the end.

Arch Training FAQs

Arch Trainee Requirements2023-06-21T16:31:14+01:00
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Commit to regular attendance
  • Keep themselves and others safe
  • Respect others at all times
  • Have a positive attitude towards work and changing their circumstances
  • Maintain good communication with the team

*A risk assessment will be undertaken prior to acceptance to our training programme. 

Trainee Placements enquiries2023-09-15T13:17:53+01:00

For further details around Trainee placements please contact Georgia by emailing

Garden Maintenance enquiries2023-09-15T13:17:35+01:00

If you would like to find out more about our garden maintenance service, please contact Mikey by emailing or contact Faithworks office on 01202 429037.

Media & Business enquiries2023-09-15T13:18:49+01:00

For any media and business enquiries relating to Faithworks Arch Training please contact Rob by emailing

I would like to volunteer2023-09-15T13:19:12+01:00

We are always looking for volunteers to support the running of our training opportunities, particularly in our carpentry workshop. You can find our latest volunteer vacancies on our volunteers page below.

Volunteer opportunities

Your donations can have a real impact on those moving on from homelessness, addiction and probation. Simply donate via our giving page below…


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