News just in... TTT and Sustainable South Brent are to feature heavily in a new course from Bicton College.
The all new NCFE Level 1 Award in Sustainable Development from Bicton College is scheduled to start on Tuesday 22nd April. It will be a 10 week course, 4 hours per session, every Tuesday with a break for half-term. It is free to anyone over 19 and looking for work, and available to anyone else for a course fee, soon to be announced.
You'll get skilled up in what it takes to stay and be active in your community, and start community-scale projects and enterprises that work for you; providing jobs, strengthening your community, improving your environment and addressing global issues.
Course tutors will be Laura Denning from Sustainable South Brent and Hal Gillmore from Transition Town Totnes.
"We'll take a DIY approach to learning and creating opportunities for where you live," explains Laura Denning who already contributes to a course in radio production at the same level. "We will
learn from inspiring local initiatives from across South Devon - where regular people are giving it a go. We'll be exploring themes like food, energy, waste, water and economics, and approaching it from an individual and community angle, ie what does all this mean to you, and what can you do about it by working with others in your community.
s well as the qualification, participants will get help starting a mini-project of their own."
"The ideal is that we get out to visit as many inspiring projects and innovative people in South Devon as we can," adds Hal who
organises study trips in the Totnes and River Dart area, based on the Transition theme. "With 6 people we can afford to run a classroom-based course, based at Bicton's facilities at Dartington. But with more we will be able to get out more and meet more people. We hope to have a good group of 14 or more. So if anyone is interested, please do get in touch as soon as you can."
To register your interest email Laura Denning <lauradenning2 (at) gmail.com>.
About the tutors:
Laura Denning began volunteering with SSB as the Woodland and Wildflower lead in January 2012. She then successfully applied for Awards for All funding which is allowing her to role out a Woodfuel from Hedgerows project, Transition Streets and other initiatives aimed at combatting fuel-poverty. Along with trustees from SSB she has been active in setting up South Brent Community Radio, a periodic live broadcast day where local people make features and present live material from the village, about the village.
Hal Gillmore is from a South Hams farming family and runs tours and education programmes in the River Dart area. He has been involved in Transition Town Totnes since 2008, working as a central project manager and also helping develop and deliver group-based projects including Transition Streets, the REconomy Centre and Transition Tours.