Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Out of the Dark

I visited the Interiors show at the Birmingham NEC yesterday. Behind all the grand stands, chandeliers and expensive furniture was a very interesting, creative stand showing recycled furniture and other salvadged items. Out of the Dark is a charitable social enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Founded by Jay and Jade Blades, Out of the Dark is an extension to Street Dreams, the charity that they have been running for the past 12 years. Their charity's projects are all about supporting young people achieve a better life and steer away from crime, and this project brings in the element of craft, DIY and work skills. Not to mention the development of self esteem and confidence.Their personal experience of rebellion and hardship in teenage years coupled with professional backgrounds in building and interior design has been the right mixture to make Out of the Dark a success. To find out more follow this link here.


freckleface said...

I love that top picture. I think charities like these are great, because they are actually helping people to help themselves rather than just giving something, which will always be a good short-term solution, but not a good long-term one. xx

ric-rac said...

I agree Tan, The show was very nice but The Out of the Dark stand had soul. My favourite stand of the whole show : )

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