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  • The Company’s objectives are to promote, encourage, develop, assist and engage in the performance of rural skills and activities by:

    • Training in sustainable and traditional building skills (straw, cob and lime)
    • Training in rural skills (e.g. blacksmithing, welding and glassblowing etc)
    • Supporting local people in these crafts
    • General promotion of sustainability
  • Address: Willow Barn, Farrington
    Blandford Forum
    DT11 8RA
    United Kingdom
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    Please use the above address for postal correspondence only

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  • Social Impact Statements:

     Social Impact Statements

    The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.

    In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.


    Updated November 2016

    1) Providing courses to give unemployed and ex-forces individuals skills for employment

    Dorset Centre for Rural Skills provides a range of courses available from rural crafts to traditional and sustainable building techniques in and around Dorset and the West Country.

    We keep all our course places limited to small numbers to ensure that everyone attending receives as much tutor time as they need. Our courses are aimed to educate, but for everyone to have fun too!

    Our tutors are professionals working full-time within their specialist fields. Some venues are working studios, giving you a greater understanding of that industry.

    The courses that we have provided in the last year are as follows:

    • Anyone can weld!
    • Straw Bale Construction
    • Glassblowing Day
    • Axe Forging for Blacksmiths
    • Be a Blacksmith for the Day
    • Spoon Carving
    • Basket Making
    • Axe Making for Beginners
    • Knife Making Weekend
    • Earth & Cob Ovens

    The courses listed above are attended by either unemployed, ex-armed forces, or current builders who want to further their knowledge. By providing these courses we are able to give unemployed and ex-forces skills that they can then use to gain employment and current builders the skills to allow them to take on more varied jobs that they otherwise would not be able to.


    2) Measures of activity

    Number of people attending our courses in the last year:

    • Welding - 12 people per month (All Year)
    • Straw Bale Building - 12 people per course, 30 courses a year
    • Glassblowing Course - 3 months per year, 8 courses per month, 2 people per course
    • Blacksmith Courses - 36 people in the last year
    • Spoon Carving and Basket Making - 24 people in the last year
    • Lime - 36 people in the last year


    3) Helping people to gain employment

    Those who have attended some of our courses have gone on to gain employment or set themselves up as self-employed.

    There are also those that were unable to do specialist jobs in their current position because they did not have the skills to do so. After attending our courses they are then able to go on and gain more specialist jobs within their careers.