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Our Services

Our services run deep and are backed by over ten years of experience.

Who We Are

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The Carpenter’s Shop (TCS), founded in 1981, is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town. With over three decades of experience in developing people’s skills, TCS now offers its clients access to a variety of free ablution facilities and life skills training to help them become financially stable and to be reintegrated into the mainstream.

In order to ensure that the work of the organisation keeps up with sector trends and the ever-changing needs of its clients, TCS is a founding member of the Street People’s Forum (SPF) – the advocacy and lobbying arm of organisations working in the sector. This forum serves as a platform to liaise with other relevant bodies and the Government around policy and legislation to facilitate systematic change.

Our Purpose

The Carpenter’s Shop endeavours to provide rehabilitation services, training and accommodation to people in disadvantaged situations with a view to reinstate them into the mainstream.

Our Vision

Dignity and opportunities for change

What Makes Us Different

The Carpenter’s Shop was built on a foundation of principles that guide us, inspire us and drive us every day. At TCS, we are community-centric and our core servicing culture is entirely focused on the needs of our clients. To promote community-based participation, we believe in crafting transparent and innovative learning processes for our clients.

Core Values


We believe that all people, regardless of differences in colour, race, cultural belief, financial standing or sexual orientation, must be treated with respect and dignity.


We believe that listening, talking and responding to those in need is an integral feature of our organisation. Our staff undertakes to be available to address the needs of our clients and to treat them with a helpful, patient attitude.


The staff at TCS strives to give their best in an effort to be committed to their work goals, and to treat their colleagues with respect and impart a culture of support and care for each other.

Spiritual & Social Wellbeing

The Carpenter’s Shop promotes positive environment that improves the emotional wellness and quality of life of its clients. We are conscious of the spiritual and social wellbeing of all individuals involved and provide access to support their beliefs and help them achieve personal growth.

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