Hannahs in partnership with Duchy College are holding a New Courses Open Day at Seale-Hayne this Friday 28th March 10am-4pm. Come along and find out about courses on Horticulture, Green Woodworking, Conservation, Animal Care and Enterprise. The courses are open to young people aged 16 and over with learning disabilities.
Steve Phillips has a learning disability and in 2011 lost his job which left him feeling very low and lacking in confidence. He has been going to Hannahs at Seale-Hayne since 2013 and attends Green Woodworking sessions twice a week. He said: “I used to enjoy my job but was told I wasn’t allowed to do it anymore. I felt really sad about it and didn’t want to go out so I didn’t really do much after that. I didn’t have any confidence. I love it here – the staff explain things to me and help me to use the tools and I get to do sawing, coppicing and put the plastic covering over our new polytunnel – that was fun! I feel like I have come out of my shell and have more confidence – a big thing for me was to attend the Christmas party with my new friends that I have met at the sessions but I did go and really enjoyed it.”
Charlie Savery was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was three and following treatment was left with an Acquired Brain Injury resulting in weakness down his left hand side and fatigue. At school he spent a lot of time watching the other children doing activities as he was unable to join in. He said “I started attending Hannahs in 2013 and now take part in regular sessions including archery and green woodworking. The woodworking has been really good for me in terms of building up my strength in my left arm. When I had physiotherapy I would have to concentrate on using my hand but when I am taking part in wood work I need to hold onto wood and do other things like sawing, drilling holes, using a draw knife, coppicing and carrying logs, so have to use my left hand without really realising I am doing it. I really value my time at Hannahs as the staff running the sessions will always find a way for me to do what anyone else would be able to do. They take time to explain things to me and understand that I get tired.”
For more information on the New Courses Open Day contact Jane Watts on 01626 325836 or firstname.lastname@example.org