Chopsticks in Northallerton


  • Funding provided to construct a environmentally friendly building with disabled access
  • More employment created for members with learning disabilities and extra supervisory staff


Funding from Yorkshire Forward has enabled learning disabilities charity Chopsticks create more jobs as it becomes a commercial enterprise.

Chopsticks, based in Northallerton in North Yorkshire Chopsticks provides supported work for growing numbers of adults with disabilities from the Hambleton and Richmond Area.
It was created in 1997 when a small group of learning-disabled people were encouraged to start up their own business. They hit upon the idea of chopping scrap timber into firewood and selling it as kindling to local people under the name ‘Chopsticks’.

As Chopsticks grew, the need for new premises became evident. Funding for their new building came from a variety of sources, including Yorkshire Forward’s Renaissance Market Towns (RMT) programme.

The new facility was built quickly to a high standard, and completed in the summer of 2007. It houses one new kindling production line plus the original line re-housed from the previous premises. There is also on-site storage for raw materials and finished products, plus the equipment needed to run a garden-care scheme. The building also has rooms used for a range of training functions.

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