Chris gives time to project

August 03 2015

A HORFIELD shop has been benefiting from the creativity of a new volunteer with autism and attention deficit disorder.

A HORFIELD shop has been benefiting from the creativity of a new volunteer with autism and attention deficit disorder.

Chris Carter, 16, is lending his time at 'The Bottom of the Garden' in Bishopthorpe Road – a shop specialising in selling upcycled furniture and goods – before heading to college in September, where he will be starting an art course.

He said: “I wanted to come and help in the shop because I liked the furniture that [the shop] makes. I love to decoupage, and I am learning lots of new skills which I hope will be helpful when I go to college.”

Owners Corrina Wood and Cheryl Godsell restore items that people no longer need, giving them a new lease of life.

The shop also sells vintage items, from tea cups to chamber pots, and plate racks to tall boys.

Corrina said: “When an item comes into the shop we almost have to develop a relationship with it – we think about what style, colour and medium would suit it.

“Chris has been great to have in the shop, he has a good eye and knows what colours work together. We call him the ‘King of Decoupage’, because it’s his favourite thing to do here.”

Corrina explains that many adults with autism can often struggle to find long term employment, however, building on strengths and interests can support those to be successful and become a great asset to any business.

She added: “We hope that at The Bottom of the Garden we provide a nurturing and understanding environment that enables anyone to get creative and learn new skills.

“We may only be a small shop, but we do have a big heart for the community.”

Chris Carter