Gift items produced by art makers from Henshaws Arts & Craft Centre in Knaresborough have been added to Fodder’s shelves.
Fodder, based at the Great Yorkshire Showground, is Harrogate’s premier local food specialist and showcases the very best food and crafts from Yorkshire. It is now offering a selection of handmade gift bags, cards, coasters and key rings crafted as part of Henshaws’ innovative social enterprise – Handmade at Henshaws.
The scheme provides 120 visually-impaired and disabled art makers with vocational and practical work experience producing a range of products including artwork, cards and paper to be sold in Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre as well as through local businesses.
Heather Parry, managing director of Fodder said: “Handmade at Henshaws is a truly innovative scheme and we were thoroughly impressed by their products. As well as providing art makers with vocational skills, the scheme gives art makers a sense of achievement as their creations are sold to the public. These fantastic items will make a fabulous addition to our range of stock, and I’m sure they will fly off the shelves!”
Louise Ashton, marketing and communications manager at Henshaws added: “This is a very exciting development for Handmade at Henshaws. Fodder is a champion of local produce and reinvests all its profits into the rural community – it’s fantastic that they have added our gift items to their shelves.
“Henshaws’ social enterprise programme allows local businesses to put something back into the community and brings our delightful range of arts and crafts gifts to a wider audience. We’d like to thank Fodder for their ongoing support and hope this is the start of a mutually beneficial enterprise.”
Products made or grown at Henshaws’ Arts and Crafts Centre are sold at the onsite shop and café, which are staffed by art makers from the centre and students from Henshaws College. All profits generated are reinvested back into the centre.