We are a passionate team committed to delivering an inclusive and empowering building space to those historically excluded from it. With lived experiences of misogyny in building environments, we bring insight and empathy from our own encounters to the project. We recognise women and gender marginalised people face many different forms of discrimination and aspire to promote intersectionality in our goal. We are made up of a core team, and a wide (and beautifully evolving) group of volunteers and community members who are helping us guide the project. Read about our aims and values here.
The Core Team
Founder | Director
Project manager, facilitator, building lead
Georjie founded In Her Hands after witnessing and experiencing the need for safe and empowering spaces for women and gender diverse people to learn everyday DIY and building skills. Georjie facilitates and teaches woodwork at our workshop space, and co-runs the project development.
Facilitator, spreadsheet wizard, garden lead
Ali helps facilitate our workshop days, co-runs project development and leads the green wellbeing space at our workshop.
Networking, future facilitator
Beatrix is a female designer/maker whose work revolves around timber and other natural, fibre based materials. During formal training in furniture design, her love for materials, tools and critical problem solving began to gain clarity and momentum - as did her awareness of the gendered perceptions of ability and belonging present in workshop and construction environments. Alongside her own creative practice, Beatrix is a passionate example and advocate for those of all gender marginalised people to take up arms, tools in hand, and carve their own narrative of empowered makers, creators and builders.
Community And Volunteers
In Her Hands is a community driven project, with volunteers and participants having a clear voice in how we shape the project. We have now made this process formal and hold group participatory meetings to consult our community on our aims, outcomes and processes. We have a range of options for involvement, and different sections of the workload to be engaged with depending on the individuals interests. See here for more information on our community and volunteer roles.
meetings and governance
Where to find us
Our workshop is located just outside Steyning, West Sussex at Buncton Manor Farm. There are transport links from Brighton, Shoreham, Worthing and Horsham, and we’re 1-2 hours drive from London.