By Millie Salkeld (The News)
My pride of place used to be the head of the table. My oak legs stood firm for family dinners, my cushioning provided the comfort at catch up lunches and I really came into my own over Christmas.
But those days are long gone.
Now I have scuff marks, a rip in my cover and a wobbly leg.
It is a sad day as my family loads me into a van to take me away. The journey does not take very long but as the engine judders and cuts out I feel useless.
The doors open and instead of the dump I was expecting to see, I am greeted with a group of people and a bright art studio.
Just like me, this group is getting a new lease of life.
Junk to Funk workshops provide the opportunity for those on benefits and people with disabilities to gain confidence and skills for employment.
Paul Robinson, from charity Learning Links, has run courses around Hampshire including in their warehouse in Portchester and the 53-year-old is currently running four week courses in Unit3 Studio in Fareham.
‘Everyone working together on something like this is really important, especially as funding can be tight. But I believe this course is really important and makes a difference to people’s lives.’