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Alison Winfield-Chislett, founder of the Goodlife Centre in central London

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The Goodlife Centre in central London

In 2009, Alison Winfield-Chislett developed a  one day workshop called ‘Tools for The Terrified’  to teach people basic skills to tackle DIY in their own homes. These took place in various church halls and community centres, but it was hard work and impractical to drag boxes of tools around London for each class.

In 2011, a bright and airy space in Waterloo was found and styled into a permanent workspace, purposely kitted out for DIY and home maintenance classes. Thus, The Goodlife Centre was born.

The range of boutique daytime, evening and weekend workshops has now expanded to encompass a variety of DIY, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Woodworking and Craft classes. Most classes are for beginners with no prior skills or experience required.

Alison Winfield-Chislett explains why the centre has resonated with Londoners:

”We’re at the ‘hard-end’ of the make-do-and-mend culture. We’re about the more basic needs of maintaining your home, losing your dependence on trades(wo)men for the small jobs around the home and saving up your hard-earned pounds for the big jobs. ”

In June 2012 the centre expanded it’s workspace in order to run two classes at the same time. Lovingly referred to as “The Other Workspace”, it is the classroom of the softer crafts such as Tassel-Making and Curtain-Making.

Today, Alison Winfield-Chislett runs The Goodlife Centre with a team of professional trades(wo)men and artists with a passion for their craft. Learn more about the team here.

The Girls Guide to DIY

The Girls Guide to DIYCo-written by Alison Winfield-Chislett, this book is the ultimate reference guide for doing your own household repairs and simple renovations. Covering all the basics, from preparing surfaces for painting and papering, using power tools with ease, choosing the right materials and simple plumbing. Full of expert advice, this handbook will provide those interested in home improvements – or those wanting to increase the value of a property for resale – with the basic DIY skills and guidance to get the job done.

Perfect for the DIY novice, whether homeowner or in rented accommodation, this stylish and user-friendly book will be an invaluable guide for a whole generation of women & men (if they can get past the title).

Review of The Girls Guide to DIY

“Freeeedooommm through the DIY Guide for Girls: the book that can take you on that journey from depending on others (you know who you are!) to ‘fix-it’ to the glorious freedom of getting it done yourself.

Need to start on the path with baby steps? The Guide takes you through small projects to help build your skillset. It also covers the basics of how your home works so you can make informed decisions about what’s wrong and how to deal with it yourself or hire a professional if you haven’t got the time.

“All the nuts and bolts are presented with a dash of humour and lively artwork to keep your spirit level straight.”

I’m delighted with the book and plan to supplement it with specialist courses at the Goodlife Centre to get all my projects done.”