Initially set up in 2011 as a renovation skills organisation, Handcrafted expanded its offering in 2014 to include supported housing, with the help of homelessness focused social enterprises Green Pastures and Homeless Link.

Handcrafted aims to empower those who have been disadvantaged or faced social exclusion due to crime, alcohol or substance abuse, poor mental or physical health, unemployment, or having experienced abuse or been in the care system.

Beneficiaries are supported through a number of services including (a) training opportunities and creative activities for individuals to build confidence, gain skills and work towards goals; (b) supported housing across the region; and (c) other holistic support that engages with individuals’ whole lives, helping them to build healthy coping strategies – such as women’s groups.