The bePractical Team have been working as tradespeople in people’s homes in the Bristol area for a number of years.
Many of our customers have told us that they would love to learn some practical skills, so that they can carry out DIY tasks in their homes. Many women have told us of difficult experiences they have had with tradespeople in their homes. They have been unsure about the work being carried out, but have not felt that they had the confidence or knowledge to challenge the situation. As a result of these bad experiences, they have lost trust in tradespeople in general.
Often customers have told us that if they had more knowledge and experience themselves, they would be in a stronger position to understand the work being carried out in their homes. They would then have the confidence to ask more questions and build a more collaborative relationship with the tradespeople, and achieve much more satisfactory outcomes.
bePractical is keen to address this situation. We aim to improve knowledge and give people practical experience.
The bePractical Team
Caroline has been working as a Multi-Trader in Bristol for the past 10 years. She runs a company called Practical Women.
As well as being a qualified electrician, Caroline also has experience in plumbing, carpentry & kitchen and bathroom fitting. She particularly enjoys projects which call on a range of skills and require lots of head-scratching and problem-solving.
Much of Practical Women’s work involves larger projects such as Kitchen & Bathroom installations.
Prior to moving to Bristol she has had experience as a teacher, a Police Officer, a Smallholder, as well as 5 years as a Foster Carer
Simon has been running his own plumbing and heating company for almost 10 years. He is a registered gas engineer and has focused on providing energy efficient heating systems and smart controls. Boiler installations & upgrades have been his primary focus.
He has worked with a number of local builders as their ‘go to’ boiler engineer as well as working closely on a variety of projects with Caroline and the Practical Women team for over 4 years.
He has a background in education and has taught in a variety of settings from secondary schools to colleges. Past employment has given him a wide range of experiences from web design to computer network set up and management.
We are based on Brislington Hill. There is free parking behind the Workshop, for those wanting to drive.
X39/39 – Bristol Bus Station to Bath City Centre (via Temple Meads)
96 – Hengrove Park to Brislington Sq/West Town Lidl
178 – Bristol to Radstock
349 – Bristol Bus Station to Keynsham (via Temple Meads)
435 – Bristol to Keynsham
514 – Brislington
668 – Bristol to Peasedown St John
A4 – Airdecker (Bristol Airport to Bath)
Voi & Big Issue Bikes
Both can be taken to Brislington Hill