Skills Builder is a brand new project funded by the Big Lottery that has started this January. It means that groups, supervised by the rehabilitation service 'fit for work', will be getting lots of practical work done in the Churnet Valley over the next 18 months.
Participants will be able to gain qualifications in work skills such as Health & Safety and using hand tools as well as enjoying working outside in the beautiful surroundings of our valley.
We got through all the paperwork on the first week so should be able to get going with the practical stuff next!
It was great weather for our first week and we enjoyed fantastic views looking over the Roaches as well as a walk along Tittesworth Reservoir with one of their Rangers. We're looking forward to getting involved in work such as path restoration, hedge laying and dry stone walling as well as just enjoying being outside in the fresh air!
Look out for us in the valley - you should be able to spot our bright pink 'Big Lottery' banner which wil be flying nearby where we're working - I'll make sure it features in some future blogs.