Karen Stubbings (left), founder of The Wood Pile CIC, featured in Good Housekeeping, February 2015
We were delighted to spot NESEP member The Wood Pile CIC in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping. Karen Stubbings, the company’s founder, chats to the magazine about her journey into social enterprise; from being made redundant from her job as a manager for a national charity, to setting up the wood recycling project.
We’re providing a space where everyone feels confident, safe and valued. It has all been a lot tougher than I’d planned, but it is so rewarding. After feeling as if I’d been cast on the scrap heap, I feel truly honoured to be helping others see their self-worth.
The Wood Pile works to support disabled and disadvantaged people into employment, by offering training and volunteering opportunities at its warehouse in Durham. The volunteers and trainees collect, recycle and upcycle a variety of products – ranging from reclaimed beams, to fire doors, to vintage dressing tables, to decorations – to sell.