Blaenau Gwent

For additional details of our projects across Blaenau Gwent, search for ‘Growing Space’ on Dewis Cymru or Infoengine

Carpentry Workshop - Brynithel

​Our carpentry workshop operates on our site at Penrhiw Quarry in Brynithel.  Participants have the opportunity to learn carpentry construction and joinery skills, whilst also gaining qualifications.   

You can find some of the items made for sale in our shop in Tredegar House.

Supervisor - Lee Davies: lee@growingspace.org.uk

Furniture Recycling and Paint - Brynithel

​Our site at Penrhiw Quarry in Brynithel, is the main processing and distribution centre for both our furniture and paint projects.  Here we accept donations of furniture, the majority of which come to us from empty Tai Calon properties, who we work in close partnership with.  Our participants learn how to repair and upcycle the furniture, with an emphasis on creativity, in order to produce unique pieces of furniture within a working environment.  Some of these items are sold in our shop, but the majority are donated back to Tai Calon tenants in need.

In addition to the furniture, participants also have the opportunity to help process and distribute leftover paint as part of the Community RePaint scheme.  Did you know that an estimated 50 million litres of the 320 million litres of paint sold in the UK each year goes to waste? This paint is either thrown away or stored in homes or garages despite over 50% of it still being usable? At Brynithel we accept donations of part and full tins of paint, which are then opened, checked for quality and quantity, labelled and sent to our shop in Brynmawr to be sold at an affordable cost.  We also prepare and deliver paint packs to new Tai Calon residents, helping to brighten homes while preventing quality paint entering the waste stream.

You can find some of the items made for sale in our shop in Tredegar House.

Supervisor - Dave Martin:  dave@growingspace.org.uk

 

Paint Shop - Brynmawr

​‘Growing Space – ReCover’ is our paint shop where we sell on the processed paint as part of the Community RePaint Scheme (www.communityrepaint.org.uk). Community RePaint is a UK wide paint reuse network, sponsored by Dulux, that aims to collect leftover paint and redistribute it to benefit individuals, families, communities and charities in need at an affordable cost.  The network is made up of over 65 schemes and in 2019 redistributed over 365,988 litres of paint.  As well as selling full and part-full cans of paint, we also stock ‘ReColour’ paint, a range of remanufactured emulsion paint of 20 colours that we are able to supply in large quantities, as well as remanufactured furniture chalk paint.

Participants with mental health, autism or a learning disability learn Customer Care and Retail Skills in a working environment, together with learning about the products so that they have the knowledge and skills to advise customers.  This project helps participants understand the world of work, but also helps them to address the barriers they face in moving closer to employment.​

 

The shop sells paint, paintbrushes, paint trays, and some small furniture

 

Supervisor - Dave Martin:  dave@growingspace.org.uk

Support Worker - Sally-Ann Spicer:  sally@growingspace.org.uk

 

Learn and Grow - Active Inclusion Wales

​This project is delivered across Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Torfaen

Our partnership project with Learn and Grow helps to extend our service by providing flexible support for people aged 25+ with mental health conditions, and who are economically inactive and long term unemployed.  The project helps to build their confidence and motivation, and improve their basic, social and communication skills through accredited and non-accredited training and support.  These interventions help develop individuals on their journey to recovery and progression onto work experience, voluntary work and sustainable employment.

Project Lead - Helena Lane:  helena@growingspace.org.uk

 

No More Barriers 

​This project is delivered across Gwent, and has 2 strands to it:

Consultation – Growing Space provides supported employment opportunities for our Gwent Ambassadors who are individuals with a learning disability.  Their role involves engaging with individuals with a learning disability, staff and organisations across Gwent to report on what matters to people, what is working and what needs more work in Gwent.   

Employment – our employment model is for people with mental health, autism or a learning disability.  This provides support to break down the barriers to employment, and provides a bespoke, planned journey towards employment opportunities.  Referrals into this project can have support with developing a CV, and work related qualifications, and help with supported volunteering, supported work placements, and supported employment. 

Currently this team provides supported work placements in each of our social enterprise schemes at Brynmawr Paint Shop, Happy Cwtch Café and Tredegar House Shop.

​Support Worker – Sally-Ann Spicer:  sally@growingspace.org.uk

Support Worker – Rachel Parker: rachelParker@growingspace.org.uk

Ambassador Support - Rachel Parker: rachelParker@growingspace.org.uk

Travel Buddy Scheme 

This project is delivered across Gwent, and has 2 strands to it:

Travel Buddy Trainer – Growing Space offers paid supported employment to individuals with a learning disability, autism or mental health who are confident in using public transport.  Travel Buddies on this project are paid on a sessional basis, at the National Living Wage to provide a peer mentor role in supporting independent travellers wanting to gain experience and confidence in travelling on their own.  Travel Buddies go through a training plan, and are individually matched to those referring in for support with travel. ​

Independent Traveller – Many individuals with a learning disability, autism or mental health are not confident in using public transport on their own, but want to learn to be more independent.  Individuals who refer in to this service for support are buddied with a Travel Buddy, who trains them, and supports them to become more confident with travelling independently.

This is a bespoke service and therefore the number of sessions required varies.

Project Co-ordinator – Sadie Rogers:  sadie@growingspace.org.uk

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