A fantastic 2 year EU funded project that engages disadvantaged adults from across the UK, France, Spain, Ireland and Romania.
By 2017 it is hoped that Netplants will have enabled many people facing economic or social issues across Europe to be more proficient in valuable skills including cooking, growing vegetables, foraging and natural arts. As lead trainer for Superact CIC, (the UK partner organisation), I attended the kick off Netplants meeting in Calais, France, September 2015 and was Lead Trainer and Workshop Leader at our UK week long host meeting in January 2016.
Extract from my Superact Netplants UK meeting blog:
“My biggest grin comes from recalling the ever-increasing volume of cheers as each delegate completed their willow frame foraging basket in my Natural Art workshop. It was elation at each of them succeeding at something that at the beginning they didn’t think they could. I never not believed. I wanted to offer an aspirational workshop that levelled us all and as we wove our baskets, we each built and wove our confidence and individual achievements together. Language barriers, weaving in a space that doubled as the ladies’ dormitory and even broken fingers were overcome! The palpable determination from each delegate made me feel so proud. Oh, and did I mention that no one had ever woven willow before?! During our fond farewells I couldn’t help but smile because I knew that in every suitcase or backpack was a willow basket ready to travel hundreds of miles back to a home somewhere in Europe. So this ancient craft form that I so love, uniquely created, grown and harvested on the Somerset Levels wove it’s Netplants way. For me it’s an honour to help create this connection.”
“Sarah was patient and funny. I think she is an incredible teacher and she has lots of energy”
Lucia, Spanish Learner.
“It was a great workshop. It has shown me a lot of skills I didn’t know.”
Rebecca, Spanish Trainer.
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