THE COACH HOUSE TRUST is a registered charity with its Kelvinbridge headquarters at Belmont Lane in Glasgow and associated workshop sites across the city, including Balmore Industrial Estate and Eastvale Place at Kelvinhaugh.
The Coach House was set up in August 1998 to provide occupational, eductional and employment opportunities for those broadly described as living on the ''margins of society'' -- adults recovering from addiction, mental health problems, physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
There are currently 20 Coach House staff and 50 trainees and volunteers that operate as an emerging social firm with strong support from various Health Trusts and the City Council's Social Work Department.
At the same time, the project is a highly-successful community recycling and local environmental organisation based in a series of former coach houses in Belmont Lane that were lovingly refurbished with grant aid from the National Lottery Charities Board.
Coach House activities have eight facets. In the headquarters building there is a computer suite and video unit used for classes with volunteer tutours. There's also studio space where pottery and mosaic projects are undertaken.
Adjoining the building there is a horticultural operation, which includes significant community composting, and which provides a working base for community garden operations on sites throughout Glasgow. There is also a timber sculpture and wood carving workshop on site.
At Balmore, two workshop units (rented from the Council) are used for furniture restoration and the casting manufacture of elaborate paving slabs. Two railway arches (rented from Railtrack) at Eastvale Place are utilised as wood and metalwork shops.
The Coach House project gives training and work placements to people from all over Glasgow who are often referred from Social Work Services and other support projects. The Coach House has a strong commitment to providing training and job opportunities for disadvantaged people, especially those furthest from current or traditional employment.
The project offers practical support to help people productively reintegrate into community life. There's full-time work training for work for adults who can manage independently, but still need some support and help in their day-to-day activities. These trainees learn new environmental work skills through recycling materials, composting and landscaping. They are taught by qualified and experienced craftsmen and part of their training time is spent working with schools and other educational community projects
Over the next five years, the Trust intends to concentrate on developing four main areas.
Recycling materials, including: organic compost, timber, stone and brick, ornamental moulding, furniture, glass, plastics, tyres, paper and cardboard.
Secondly, in partnership with Glasgow City Council's Land Services, Dawsholm Park Yard has been agreed upon as a piloting operation for composting, as well as timber and stone recycling activities.
Thirdly, providing gardening services such as landscaping, routine maintenance and the selling of organically-grown garden produce.
Fourthly, restoring and manufacturing metal and stone resources, refurbishing wood furniture and producing designer products, such as mantelpieces, fire surrounds and garden furniture.
Manufacturing of stained glass, ceramics, cloth and fabric products also occurs at the Coach House site. As well as producing and selling products, the project will offer training workshops, classes for the community and promote visits by school groups.