Vocational pathways

Workbridge offers a unique environment, allowing service users to develop their skills in a supported environment, which is open to the public. Service users learn work and life skills which are not only meaningful, but also essential to the day-to-day running of Workbridge.

Each workshop provides unique opportunities to develop work and life skills designed to help a service user realise their potential.



Catering SU Wkb

The catering team's primary aim is to produce a hot meal every lunch time for our service users and staff using a daily rotation of different meal options.

Our service users are involved in all aspects of food preparation and service, starting with the preparation of raw ingredients, the cooking of food, serving meals and maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen environment and dining area.

Service users play an active part in taking lunch orders and using the till under the guidance and support of our Vocational Skills Instructors.

View our Catering kitchen 360 tour 

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop SU Wkb

Service users are also involved in preparing food and drinks and serving customers in our busy coffee shop, giving them experience working with the general public in a real life work environment.




View our Coffee Shop 360 tour 


Ceramics SU Wkb

The ceramics department produces terracotta items for both home and garden.

Service users are able to take part in all aspects of production; from making to decorating, to taking orders and dispatching sales.

We predominantly use an industrial ceramics process called slip casting to make our pots, garden products and home wares, all of which are sold in the garden centre.

The ceramics department upholds a focus on quality and enables service users to learn about quality control and design development.

View our Ceramics workshop 360 tour 


Contracting SU WKb

The contracting department offers service users a chance to work as part of a large team carrying out contract packaging tasks including light assembly, mail shots, re-packaging and shrink wrapping for our local and national customers.

The tasks are varied and can require a great deal of accuracy. To ensure this is achievable, jobs are broken down into manageable parts so that all service users are able to contribute to the completion of a job.


View our Contracting 360 tour 


Horticulture SU WKb

Workbridge horticulture department is a commercial garden centre and nursery.

We grow a wide variety of bedding, vegetable, shrub and herbaceous plants in our nursery, with many plants propagated on site from seeds or cuttings.

We have a comprehensive growing area which includes four growing tunnels, a propagation area, potting shed and an outdoor growing area.

Service users are involved in all aspects of growing and plant care as well as having the opportunity to gain retail skills in our garden centre.

View our Horticulture 360 tour

Office skills

Office Skills SU Wkb

Our office skills department is an administration and IT training centre.

The office designs and prints promotional and marketing material.

We have a state of the art office suite and offer comprehensive training in basic essentials like using Windows, email and the internet, with industry standard software including; Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign.

We provide training in essential business administration such as photocopying, sorting post, data entry and cash handling.

View our Office Skills 360 tour 

Design and Print

Design SU Wkb

The Design and Print department offers service users the opportunity to learn about image editing and printing as part of our successful canvas printing operation.  Service users learn how to take orders, edit and print images, make gallery pine frames and mount canvases to an exceptionally high standard.




View our Design and Print studio 360 tour 


Woodwork SU Wkb

The woodwork department offers service users the opportunity to develop creative and practical skills making products for sale in our garden centre and other local outlets.

In addition to learning how to make a comprehensive range of wildlife and nature items - such as bird boxes, insect feeders and hedgehog houses - service users are also involved in creating large and one-off items. This includes furniture, animal hutches and bespoke pieces made to customers’ exact specifications.

Service users can acquire a variety of skills and are trained in using traditional techniques such as hand tools, as well as using more modern methods such as power tools.

We encourage new product designs and ideas from our team and aim to build whatever the customer needs, within their budget and timescale.

The team also undertakes site maintenance and grounds tasks in and around Workbridge.

View our Woodwork workshop 360 tour 


Workbridge Work and Social Programme (WWASP) offers St Andrew's patients opportunities to experience a diverse range of tasks including contracting work, textiles, woodwork, card making, IT and ceramics.

WWASP works with local and national companies undertaking contract packaging work, for which tasks can include weighing, stapling, labelling, collating and quality control.

We also manufacture in-house products including aprons, bird boxes, ceramic ware, greeting cards and craft gifts.

These are on sale at WWASP, Workbridge and other outlets.