The Urban Crafts Foundation is a social enterprise based in Essex. From our forge at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning we deliver blacksmithing classes at an affordable cost to young people facing difficult life challenges that might stem from health or social issues. We want to help people in our community flourish by offering a creative program of education in a nurturing environment that is characterised by physically engaging, meaningful work. When mainstream schooling isn’t working we want to step in and help students gain skills, qualifications and confidence that will help them transition into a life of worthwhile work and give them a valuable place in society.
Our work with young people is subsidised by events we run from our forge and through our mobile facility. These include lessons with members of the public, team building events, demonstrations and 'have a go' sessions at festivals.
We firmly believe that the best way to appreciate a skill is by having a go yourself. Whether that's simply learning the right way to knock in a nail, or how to make the hammer you'd hit it with, our team is dedicated to providing the guidance and resources to help you improve your skills, environment and enjoyment of life regardless of your background or ability.
To promote and preserve the public's knowledge, appreciation, and practical understanding of those Crafts, Trades, Arts or heritage skills, which have been historically responsible for, or have subsequently grown out of, today's metropolitan culture.