Outdoor course for unemployed

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 November 2010

Healthy Living centre. Bournville, Wendy Watkins of Osprey outdoors with Jabez Croney

Healthy Living centre. Bournville, Wendy Watkins of Osprey outdoors with Jabez Croney

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THE long-term unemployed are being urged to sign-up to a new outdoors programme which could give them the helping hand they need in securing a future job.

Healthy Living centre. Bournville, Wendy Watkins of Osprey outdoors.

Gaining Confidence through Conservation Volunteering is a scheme which has been set up by Banwell-based not-for-profit social enterprise Osprey Outdoors.

The aim of the course is to help the long-term unemployed regain confidence while learning new skills, which could aid them in their job search.

Wendy Watkins, one of the directors of Osprey Outdoors, said: “Some people when they are unemployed lose levels of confidence so we take them out and put them with like-minded people and give them tasks that are achievable.

“They will be working in an environment that is positive and where everybody is working as a team.”

The group will be volunteering on sites owned by four land-owners, including land at Cheddar Gorge and Brean Down.

People will learn a range of conservation skills such as dry stone walling, planting trees and scrub clearance.

Wendy has been recruiting volunteers this week at the For All Healthy Living Centre (HLC) on the Bournville estate.

The programme, which is being funded by Quartet Community Foundation and NSHousing, begins on December 6, and every Monday thereafter up until March, excluding two weeks over Christmas.

There are spaces for 15 people, aged 16 and over, on the programme and volunteers will be picked up at 10am from the HLC on Lonsdale Avenue and transported to and from the site by minibus.

People are asked to bring waterproofs, sturdy shoes and a packed lunch, but boots can be provided if they do not have appropriate footwear.

Osprey outdoors was set up by Wendy and Matt Dodan in 2008, with the aim of developing people’s confidence and promoting well-being and personal development through using the outdoor environment.

In the past two years the enterprise has arranged numerous events and programmes – working with a range of people including the unemployed, drug and alcohol addicts, and school children.

Wendy and Matt would like to hear from any organisation which would like to organise events in partnership with Osprey Outdoors.

To sign-up to the conservation programme or for more information visit the HLC, ring 01934 823148 or 07778 913192, or email wendy@osprey-outdoors.co.uk

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