I am writing to you because I felt compelled to give feedback on the excellent course you have been running in terms of the outcomes it has achieved for our participants.
I have to admit that I was somewhat sceptical when the idea was first proposed to me, as every course or project likes to sell itself in terms of developing people’s confidence and in my opinion it is somewhat loosely used.
However, having spent some time in the project myself in which I spoke to yourself, Ceri and the participants, I have to say, that in my opinion this project delivers so much more. As you are aware, our participants have a range of complex problems and in particular self esteem, confidence and motivational issues. Most of them have been in and out of various courses and had loads of interventions to try and overcome these but with somewhat limited success.
I have witnessed the individuals who participated on the course with you and Ceri, not just grow in confidence but also develop such important skills that actually are so important in terms of their personal development and in moving closer towards employment.
The skills I have observed myself within the group and knowing what they were like before they went, which is evidenced both in terms of our assessments, observations and personal statements from the participants and staff, include:
Improved Motivation – by their regular attendance and eagerness to go each week
Improved communication skills – the way they communicate with one another as a group and in terms of their interaction with the tutors and following instructions
Practical skills in terms of handling tools
Understanding Work place rules – Start times, breaks etc
Confidence – they have a sense of achievement having learnt they can do something they didn’t know or believe they would be able to do before the course.
Team working and working on initiative
These are just to name a few as there are many more. I would also like to say that this credit is also down to both you and Ceri in terms of how you relate and treat the people and the skills which you both posses.
I really hope that you are able to find more funding as having discovered and witnessed what you do, it is one of the best and most effective courses we have had experience of, for addressing the barriers of the people we support. I really can’t speak more highly of the project and I am a true committed fan.
I know that there are many more people that would benefit from your provision as it offers and delivers so much. Therefore I would like to wish you all the best in your quest for funding and the projects future success.
Project Feedback from COASTAL Manager, Mike Jones.
'Following our three day provision in undertaking woodcraft sessions with your organization several things became immediately apparent. The young people who accessed the provision quickly became enthused and excited by the opportunity. They paired up and showed a tremendous amount of focus on the task in hand. They listened attentively to the health and safety brief and undertook the activity whilst being mindful of the potential dangers. Each young person made a hand crafted stool using traditional techniques which involved splitting an ash log for the seat, hand drilling the holes for the legs, sawing the legs, shaving the legs to the correct size and chiseling the seat edges and face for further aesthetic appeal and decorative purposes. A handful of these young people have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a condition whereby sufferers are known to have difficulty in concentrating on the task in hand. These young people seemed to overcome this problem during the session such was their interest and enthusiasm. Several were reluctant to break for lunch. The setting was ideal and the staff were very approachable, knowledgeable and sensitive to the needs of the young people. All three sessions ran without staff having to address any instances of unacceptable behaviour, somewhat of a rarity for our client group.
Working in such a favorable outdoor environment obviously benefitted the young people short term by promoting their well being, self esteem and confidence whilst giving them an insight into practical, manual tasks aimed at improving hand / eye coordination, concentration and the preservation of deciduous, native woodland. It’s certainly an activity we are keen to undertake again as soon as possible.'
Project Worker, Catch22, Merthyr YIP
Ael-y-bryn, 26 Spruce Tree Grove, Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 9AU
Tel: 01685 727377 Mobile: 07900938637
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Canolfan Ymwelwyr Bwlch Nant yr Arian
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru
'Forestry Commission Wales and Forest Education Initiative have worked with Dragonfly Creations on numerous projects over the years, from green wood work training for adults and children; design, creation and installation of sculptures and running sessions at conferences and events. It is always enjoyable to work with Scott and his team as they always provide a quality and value for money service.'
Forestry Commission Wales
Woodlands for Learning Team
'Scott was commissioned to work with our members at Links. Links is a mental health charity based in Llanelli and all our members have to some degree, mental health problems. I can highly recommend Scott working with this group of people as at all times his gentle manner, calm, and positive approach was a great asset to his class. He taught the members to handle tools safely and correctly, create objects such as bird boxes and bird feeders, and as a group they created our wonderful arch which leads into our little wildlife garden. Our members thoroughly enjoyed their time with Scott and I can recommend him when working with vulnerable people.
Dorothy Morris (Art Tutor/ Project Worker at Links)
'I worked closely with Scott during his delivery of Forest School Wales' Woodcraft Skills Training project. His professionalism and expert knowledge meant that Forest School leaders and Foundation Phase teachers were given top quality training in how to use woodcraft tools safely with groups of children. His warm and friendly manner put everyone at ease and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the course. I highly recommmend Dragonfly Creations to anyone wanting a solid foundation in woodcraft training!
'from a professional development point of view they all really enjoyed the workshops. They enjoyed learning about new tools and activities they could do using wood. '
Coetiroedd Dyfi Woodlands
Unit 6 Dyfi Eco Park, Machynlleth, SY20 8AX
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'Great chance to learn some new skills via very hands on experience,from excellent tutors and meet some lovely people.'
'Learning how to work with wood-using the grain,splitting wood.'
'Working with wood in beautiful surroundings.Learning a lot in a short space of time.Good,clear,teaching style.'
Coeden Fach members on a green woodworking course.
'Our group of ladies had a fantastic day of making simple creations that we could take back to our schools to make with our children. We all learnt some very simple, practical woodworking skills in a hugely relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Thanks both for an excellent day and for being patient teachers!'
Cardiff Forest School
'I know groups in general always enjoy a day of green wood working though and that they appreciate the knowledge and skills you share.'
Swyddog Datblygu Addysg / Education Development Officer
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales
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