The Wiltshire Barn Project
The Wiltshire Barn Project is run as a social enterprise scheme for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) Veterans. It is based in a delightful thatched barn just outside Pewsey, Wiltshire, in an attractive rural setting, and shares the Barn with a very active bookbinding workshop run by a well-established London craft bookbinding firm (Shepherds Ltd). The Project is sponsored by the Stationers Foundation, a trust managed by the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
The Project’s aim is to harness the therapeutic aspects of manual bookbinding to create an enduring and self-sustaining business for WIS Veterans.
Who Do We Support
The charity is open to any wounded, injured or sick Serviceman or Veteran.
Veterans benefit from the Project in several ways. These include bookbinding therapy gained through the concentration and hand-eye coordination that is required, and improved self-confidence through learning new skills in a commercial environment. To this can be added the increased self-esteem that the Veterans gain by creating attractive products for financial reward.
The idea for the charity is the result of discussion between a soldier and a bookbinder and, through the support of the Stationers Foundation, a series of trials and discussions were held in late 2011 and 2012 at the Daffodil Barn and at Tedworth House, a local Personnel Recovery Centre for Servicemen run by Help for Heroes. Following registration as a charity in late 2012, the Project has moved into its own premises at the end of the Daffodil Barn, and manages a training workshop for Veterans, carrying our both training courses and product manufacture.