The Big Skill is a not for profit community interest company set up to preserve rural skills, provide demonstrations, hands on rural crafts activities, and training resources.
'Crafts in the Community' aims to provide local crafts for local people; workshops to inspire the next generation; centres for hands on rural crafts & skills training.
With our Artisan & Craft Guide, we aim to highlight crafts that are the heart of the community, with information of programmes & centres where craft workshops & training are being held.
With the funding we will set up a range of Rural Skills & Craft Courses at local centres in Herefordshire and Mid Wales.
At these centres, we will offer Accredited Open College Network Training via Big Skill’s ‘CIC (Crafts in the Community) Centre & provide opportunities for those with skills to share to develop training skills.
- run accredited courses and train practitioners to develop their courses by adding accredited elements, thereby providing the participants with both skills and qualifications.
- run events, workshops, crafts festivals and Fayres that showcase the members' skills and wares.
- provide crafting areas for other events or festivals.
The learning is helped by free workshops and courses, and our aim is to fund our experienced practitioners (and encourage others to sign up as members) to enable them to train all the participants for free.
We have a successful track record of such workshops, at our annual Crafts Festival in Hay on Wye, at the National Eisteddfod and last year, and in collaboration with New Leaf Herefordshire, we ran popular and benefical courses with both members of the public, residents of sheltered housing, and the young and vulnerable. This year we have had success with pilot projects involving members of MIND, school children and the unemployed in Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent.
We would very much like to take these projects forward, and we aim to add members of a youth project too. All those taking part will have various opportunities presented to them. These include: being given the opportunity to take part in workshops to improve confidence and exterity, without any need to take an acredited course until confident enough to so do; to take accredited courses to help with education, training or employment; to train as volunteers to help The Big Skill at events and festivals, which develops social skills and addresses isolation.
With your help, we can fund free courses and workshops, print training manuals, train more practitioners, and continue to preserve our heritage and have fun learning new skills along the way.