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David Melling, the CEO of The Woodworks Project in Bath, is one of 15 leaders in Bath and North East Somerset to have been selected for a competitive learning programme and Match Trading grant of up to £15,000.

The programme will support David to grow The Woodworks Project, which runs Woodwork and Upholstery workshop projects from our professionally equipped workshops. The projects are designed to help those who have faced difficulties through their mental or physical health or history of addiction, to move forward in their lives in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. In Southgate, the charity has a retail shop waiting to be renovated and reopened after a period of hibernation for both the charity and the shop.

David has begun a four-month Accelerator learning programme with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, which supports people starting up and running social enterprises, charities, community business and environmental projects.

David says: “I am delighted to have been accepted onto the BaNES Social Entrepreneurs Programme, The programme, and Match Trading grant of up to £15,000 will help me grow The Woodworks Project, so we can support more people in BaNES in 2022.”

Bath and North East Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme is led by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with 3SG. It is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, which is managed by the West of England Combined Authority within the Bath and North East Somerset region.

Dirk Rohwedder, South West Director for School for Social Entrepreneurs, says: “We are delighted to welcome David onto the Accelerator programme, where they’ll learn alongside other community leaders how to build a more resilient organisation and create greater social impact for the region. We are confident David has the leadership qualities and motivation to increase their impact on Bath even further, which is why we have awarded him a highly coveted place.”

As part of the programme, SSE has partnered with 3SG to provide free support through workshops and events until the end of June 2022.  These will tackle subjects ranging from managing finances and fundraising to future planning and scaling up. They are open to all social enterprises, community businesses, charity and voluntary organisations in Bath and North East Somerset whether or not they’re on the programme and can be booked here:

For further information, please contact:

David Melling,, 01225 313240

Alison Belshaw or Traci Lewis, marketing and communications leads, the School for Social Entrepreneurs: