Co-founder of award winning former social enterprise Out of the Dark, Jay Blades is a highly skilled community leader who has turned his focus to Jay & Co, a social enterprise that helps reach disadvantaged and disengaged groups in the community, fire them up and re-engage them through exciting activities.

The pictures that you see on this page are some of the pieces of furniture that Jay produced for us. Around the time that he did this work with us, he was filming a new TV show with Gok Wan. Jay is, therefore, increasingly familiar to millions, while also being a top bloke, who is now bringing his community organising skills to Wolverhampton.

As part of our JQ Festival events programme, Jay will be coming to 1000 Trades on Sunday 24 July to deliver a hands-on workshop on furniture upcycling. Get your tickets here.



One of Jay Blades’ chairs, commissioned by 1000 Trades