"A big part of my fears about coming here was to be able to feel safe and not under pressure and immediately found that those fears were resolved so I could enjoy the course."

A Participant

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We are supported by BBO (Building Better Opportunities) to deliver opportunities at The Cart Shed Charity CIO for 2019 - 2022. 

 BBO's funding will support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.  This project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.


Click here for the latest BBO prospectus.

Click here for the latest IN2 prospectus for Herefordshire. 

Please click here to download the referral form.


As a result of advice from government advisors, The Cart Shed Charity will be suspending its daily woodland activities until further notice.

We are offering a phone based service Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to our participants, which is complemented by text messages, emails, WhatsApp converstions and dedicated Facebook groups for particular courses. Our fantastic team of dedicated staff is rising to the challenge this pandemic presents and has created an entirely new service to support our participants, volunteers and each other.

We are facing an unprecedented crisis as a country because of Covid-19 and sadly for some there will be the trauma of saying goodbye to a close family member or a friend.

Many of us are living with fear or anxiety – do not stay alone with your worries or grief. We will do our best to be with you, so stay in touch or get in touch.  

We hope to extend this offer to the wider community before too long.

Stay safe, stay well and stay connected. 

To read about the Government's guidance regarding Covid-19 please visit:



basket making

Having been referred to The Cart Shed, all new participants will be given the opportunity to visit the site and meet one of our BBO programme managers.

During your visit you will get a flavour of what is on offer at The Cart Shed and you will then be able to enroll on our BBO programme. 

There are a range of practical skills you may learn whilst with us such as making a simple coppice craft item: a spoon or spatula for use in your kitchen, a butter knife or a simple basket woven from willow. Perhaps try your hand at one of our more involved projects and learn how to make a chair or another small piece of furniture. 

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When on the BBO programme you will receive support from our trained staff to explore your goals and design a programme to suit your needs. This could include options such as:

  • Developing strategies for maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing.
  • Receiving support towards achieving short and long term goals.
  • Skills and support towards becoming a volunteer.
  • Identifying and developing employment opportunities.

If you are interested in attending The Cart Shed please email our referral form to or post to The Cart Shed Charity CIO, Devereux Wootton Farm, Norton Canon, Herefordshire HR4 8QN. 

If you would rather discuss your options first, please phone 01544 318 231 or email

Our activities are tailored to an individual’s needs with participants choosing from a range of projects, working at their chosen pace in a friendly nurturing environment.

Our days begin at 10am with circle time around the camp fire cup of tea in hand. Participants then begin their activities meeting again at lunchtime for a home grown, home cooked lunch prepared and cooked in the woods by our volunteers, following the afternoon session the day ends with circle time at 3pm.

These weekly sessions are suitable for a range of individuals aged 19+.

The Cart Shed works with the support of the following organisations:

Job Centre Plus Armed Forces Convenant community convenant European Social Fund Education & Skills Funding Agency Herefordshire Council Jackson Property