The Living Studio is “make do & mend” the 21st century way! We teach people on low incomes how to save money by upcycling and crafting all kinds of items.

This brand new not-for-profit social enterprise is opening in the back rooms of Adat Yeshua Messianic Synagogue, Essex Street, Norwich NR2 2BL.

Recently we were featured in the EDP newspaper: take a look:

Teaching low-income communities how to up-cycle, recycle, and re-use in a relaxed atmosphere gives:

  • Self-confidence in learning new transferable skills
  • Better education about recycling
  • Provide skills needed to improve mental health, homes and neighbourhoods.

How do we do this?

We’re providing a fully stocked studio where the people of Norwich come together to mend broken furniture and upcycle, learn craft skills by reusing and recycling items, to learn how to make home decor, gifts, art, DIY, fabric printing, decoupage and more.

In the studio you’ll watch demonstrations and ask questions or buy an experience for just a few pounds to try your hand at using equipment like upholstery tools, or have a go at a paint technique, even try screen printing or stencilling fabrics.

The skills learned and confidence gained can then be used in everyday life to improve homes, communities, work and self-worth.

The studio needs £8,000 before it can open to the public for:

  • Electricity
  • Insulation
  • Equipment

Every penny you give will go towards this social enterprise / not for profit business, to make sure low-income communities are supported in learning skills to improve their circumstances and environments.

There is an ever growing need to stop plastics and similar from landfill, and fly-tipping. The Living Studio helps to address this issue with the education needed to reuse and upcycle.

Your support is vital and means so much, we can’t do this without you.

If you can help please visit our GoFundMe page at or our JustGiving page at

Or visit our Facebook page at

Thank you.