Marlena from Lichfield has a love of making decorative furniture, crafts and toys for children’s bedrooms – and she’s pretty good at it too.

After posting pictures of some her creations onto Facebook, interest started to build with a number of people beginning to show an interest in her work.

She mentioned this to her Bromford skills coach who suggested that a YouCan grant could help her to build her business. With a little encouragement, Marlena completed the application form and the rest, as they say, is history.

Marlena received a £300 grant that has enabled her to buy various materials and a new sewing machine that she’s using to make more fantastic creations.

You can find her lovely work on Facebook at They call me mom






If you have an idea that you think a £300 YouCan grant could help you get off the ground, you can apply here.