CIF Helps Fund Greater Manchester Mental Health Work-Related Training

Construction Impact Framework (CIF) has recently helped Greater Manchester Mental Health in their funding for their Benchmark scheme, offering training and work-related oppopportunities in furniture making and short woodwork courses.

Benchmark allows mental health suffers to develop woodwork skills in a fully equipped furniture making workshop whilst remaining in a completely supportive environment. Training is offered in both the use of handheld tools and in the use of woodwork machinery. Courses also encourage goal setting with the performance of regular reviews and allows the opportunity for occupational therapy were needed. The Benchmark team work with service users to help connect them with local training and work related opportunities to support their continued wellbeing.

Through commissioned work such as garden furniture, reception desks and many other items and aspects of furniture making and woodwork related products, service users are able to gain manufacturing experience and invaluable work based skills. All training programmes encourage personal reflection based on individual goals such as:

  • Building structure and routine
  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Increasing independence
  • Having a sense of achievement and progress through learning and training
  • Feeling comfortable in a group setting
  • Developing work-related skills
  • Feeling useful

Through the amazing work of Benchmark and funding support from CIF we have been able to provide No.93 (formerly Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre) with a new garden bench to be used by both staff and users of the health and wellbeing centre.

On receipt of the bench Alice Munby (Community Development Manager) told CIF

‘The bench planters are lovely seats for the centre users; a  great addition to the centre, which helps to personalise it and a good focus for gardening groups to start on.’

Sara Lawson, CIF Founder and Director,

‘We really enjoyed investing in Benchmark, the skills and confidence gained by users of Greater Manchester Mental Health services through such schemes as Benchmark are vital and help ensure individuals are not only receiving vital support but are also becoming employable.’

CIF Sets the BENCHMARK for Social Investment

August 29, 2019


Greater Manchester Mental Health


Social Investment