The no-nonsense furniture upcycler Jay Blades, former co-founder of award-winning social enterprise Out of The Dark, is the nation’s inspiration for transforming dusty old furniture into a work of designer-looking pride and joy.
His company, Jay & Co, is a social enterprise that acts as an extended family to disadvantaged, disengaged and disruptive young people to help them achieve a sustainable positive life.
It is run by people who have all experienced challenging circumstances in their teenage years but have been able to turn their lives around with support from Jay & Co.
They aim to motivate and elevate young people so that the community becomes a better place to live in.
“Even though you cannot control everything that happens, you can control your attitude toward what happens. And in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
“One of the UK’s coolest furniture designers.”
— Money For Nothing, BBC One