About with Friends make quality hand-made items for gifts or resale.

Our Made by Friends workshop is run by our Work Skills members and their support staff who produce a range of items for one-off or wholesale orders.

Tom, our wood working and production senior support worker has many years’ experience as a master cabinet maker and teacher. Under his guidance our members turn out beautiful, quality products that will last for years to come.

A lot of our products are on sale in our community café in Tucker Street and our community shop in Garden Street.

We usually carry the following stock items:

  • Bird boxes and feeders
  • Bird tables
  • Garden planters
  • Garden benches
  • Chopped kindling and waste wood for fires and log burners
  • Hand-made candles
  • Lavender bags – made from locally sourced garden lavender
  • Fat balls and other winter feeder items for birds

We have also had recent commissions for:

  • 100 Port Holes for the Crab and lobster festival (You have probably seen them in many of the shops in Cromer and Sheringham)
  • 50 flat-pack bird boxes for the Museum of the Broads, Stalham
  • New wooden information boards for the Parish Council

What does it cost?

Costs vary since we are producing bespoke products to your specification. We are usually highly competitive! Garden benches start from around £35.00 depending on the finish required and bird tables from about £30.00.

Bird feeders start from £3 and bat boxes from £5. Bug hotels start at £3.

To purchase items or discuss your requirements – please contact us 01263 510105 or E-mail  jamiemoses@aboutwithfriends.co.uk

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It was a massive decision for his family to make and by choosing AWF it means they trust totally in the service. I am of the opinion that AWF is the only provision in the county for D and he is very happy to attend.

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I am not sure what the different methods used are but please continue as you are, as life at the moment for us as a family is greatly improved because of your input.

We are very aware of her complex needs and how she can change like the wind but we will continue to enjoy the fruits of your labours.

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I just cannot thank you enough for taking K my daughter so that she could have fun with her friends on holiday in Milton Keynes, […] it made her extremely happy.

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