The Wood2work programme based at our professional wood workshop in Aberbargoed, Caerphilly supports local people to learn practical carpentry, and traditional skills such as wood crafting, carving and willow weaving, which can support sustainable development in rural areas.
Project beneficiaries from the rural wards of Caerphilly & Blaenau Gwent receive mentoring and peer support to increase self-confidence and improve health and well-being.
Our aim is to provide beneficiaries with positive practical work experiences with a view to moving individuals forward into apprenticeships, further training or employment.
Project beneficiaries also have the opportunity to gain accredited AGORED CYMRU qualifications in a range of subjects such as carpentry, horticulture, team working, first aid and health and safety. Beneficiaries also have the opportunity to progress onto other Groundwork programmes such as Healthy Rivers to work on river restoration projects, and to complete work experiences at our other bases, Furniture Revival in Rhymney and Routes2life in Pontllanfraith.
The programme provides:
• 12 week work placements.
• Receive individually tailored support plans to improve skills levels and employment prospects.
• Increased levels of knowledge, skills and confidence.
• Improve interpersonal and social skills.
• Peer group activity to enhance well-being, increase social networks and social inclusion.
• Access to practical accredited qualifications.
• Opportunity to enhance CV’s with positive work experiences and practical skills.
• Build the confidence to pursue further training and educational opportunities.
• Prepare individuals for employment.
• Opportunity to volunteer on other Groundwork programmes.
Individuals from the following wards are eligible to join Wood 2 Work:
Caerphily Borough & Blaenau Gwent: Aber Valley, Argoed, Bedwas, Machen and Trethomas, Crumlin, Darran Valley, Llanbradach, Maesycwmmer, Moriah (Rhymney), Nelson, New Tredegar, St. Cattwg, St James, Twyn Carno & Ynysddu, Aberbargoed, Abercarn, Newbridge, Penyrheol, Pontlottyn, Ystrad Mynach, Llanhilleth.