The Centre offers a
re-upholstery and chair caning service to members of the public. We’d like to
increase our pool of experienced upholsterers and caners, so would like to hear
from men or women who could do any of the following:
Have basic experience and knowledge of upholstery, chair
caning, and other experience repairing and covering chairs and other small
Able to pick up techniques and learn quickly - you do
not need to be ‘expert’!
Can work independently under your own initiative.
You may be able to deliver short lessons or one-on-one
instruction to members and other volunteers, helping others to learn the
skills and crafts.
Able to give advice to other volunteers and members of
the public, guiding the commissions the Centre is able to take in.
What’s in it for you?
You’ll improve your own skills, and may learn a new one
Help other people appreciate (and maybe learn) chair
upholstery and caning, as you do.
Meet new people, with similar interests and of all ages
Repair and refresh well-loved chairs and small
furnishings to a standard that is appreciated by members of the public.
Contribute to raising funds, which enables the
Woodhouse Centre to continue to prosper and offer services to members.
What skills do I need?
In addition to your experience
in upholstery or chair caning (you don’t need to be an expert), you will
Have a friendly, patient and approachable manner.
Demonstrate empathy with people, including those with
views and experience different to your own.
Be a good communicator, able to give clear instructions
and encouragement to others.
Be reliable and committed to your role as a volunteer.
Centre is located in Oxted (next to the leisure centre, behind Morrisons), and is open four mornings each The week: Mondays – Thursdays, 09.30 – 12.30. We’d like someone who could commit to a regular timeslot of at least 2-3 hours each week, but we’re open to any days/times. In the future, there may be opportunities to lead one-off ‘taster’ sessions outside the Centre’s normal opening times – so we’d like to hear from people with ideas about this.