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Crafted by Props

Our most ambitious venture to date, Crafted by Props is our high street Café, shop, exhibition and community meeting space.

We finally have somewhere to showcase the talent of our Trainees through handmade artisan products, artwork, food and drink, while creating opportunities for workplace training and routes to employment that our Trainees otherwise have so many barriers to.

Over the last year we have completely transformed a vacant retail space on Fishponds Road, creating a welcoming and inclusive space that serves and celebrates the diverse needs and perspectives of EVERYONE in the community, especially those too often excluded from accessing public spaces. 

As the face of our high streets is changing, our vision for Crafted by Props is to provide a model for how high street spaces can evolve to become accessible, inclusive social and creative hubs within the local community.

During the day, Trainees from Props can either work in the cafe – serving up hearty, homecooked treats, in the enterprise kitchen – developing recipes, or in the custom built workshop – developing skills in sewing, print and graphic design to create handmade products. 

As evening falls, the Tapestry by Props team will transform the space into a cosy, welcoming bar that serves craft beer brewed by Props Trainees.

From cooking, customer service and barista skills to printing, clothes creation, admin and more, this enterprise creates a wide range of work opportunities and routes to employment to suit the different needs and interests of our Trainees. 

Our Hospitality Training Support Services offer training and support in customer service, using till systems, food hygiene and safety, recipe development and bespoke barista training – equipping our Trainees with all the skills they need to work in a high street environment.  

For Props, this enterprise doesn’t just provide meaningful routes to employment for Trainees, it serves to champion and celebrate the unique value and perspectives that adults who have learning disabilities offer to the world and workplaces.

Plan your visit


769 Fishponds Road, Bristol, BS16 3BS

Opening Times

Crafted by Props  |  Wednesday – Saturday  |  9AM – 4PM

Tapestry by Props  | Thursday- Saturday  |  4.30PM – 10PM

See our Accessibility guide for information to help your visit.

“My time at Props has been extraordinary”
"Farwa is the most enthusiastic Trainee I’ve ever had in music, a joy to see the change to really express herself”
"Paid job is the target. It would be very very useful to earn my own money, knowing that I worked hard for that money."

Dive into Props Enterprises.

Crafted by Props is our high street Café, shop and exhibition space where we showcase the vibrant talent of our Trainees to the public.

Workshop by Props is the Creative heart of our social enterprises, where the products and design elements of our shop, brewery and cafes are born

Our Cycle Hub has the dual aim of providing work opportunities in bicycle maintenance and supporting Trainees to get out cycling with weekly guided rides.

Tapestry by Props aims to break down barriers in the brewing industry and create long term meaningful jobs for people who have disabilities

Our café in the Vassall Centre offers many Trainees their first experience in customer facing roles, allowing them to build confidence within a familiar environment.

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