Another Successful Creek Learning Programme

Another Successful Creek Learning Programme

for unemployed Faversham people

On Wednesday, 14 unemployed people hosted a networking event for local businesses at the Trust’s Purifier building. They have just completed a six week course which provided 1 to 1 support and team work to help them move into further training, employment, self-employment, or volunteering.

making a start

The group were able to proudly show off the four canoes they had built, designed by local boat designer Gavin Atkin, under the tutelage of local boat builder Alan Thorne and his son Mark. There was a rolling visual presentation of their course and also the results of the survey work they had done for the Creek Volunteer Warden scheme being set up by the Brents Community Association.

must get it right

Jude Sach, lead tutor said “ this programme has all been about working with the participants as individuals, giving them 1 to 1 support and guidance, helping them to overcome their barriers to moving into employment, and at the same time giving them confidence and skills through team work. I am delighted to see how people have progressed, and that one person has a fulltime job, two are entering self- employment, with another three working towards it. Three have benefitted from work experience and a further three now have permanent voluntary work”

precision work

Alan Thorne said “ I am pleased that boat designer Gavin Atkin has shown such interest in the Trust’s work and has allowed us to use his design. These small boats will be a great community resource for leisure use in the upper basin for local residents and youth groups such as the sea cadets, and can be put to good use now – we don’t have to wait for the new swing bridge and dredging!”

getting it right

In the meantime the group will be launching their boats on Stonebridge Pond Tuesday morning at 11am. The punt built by the last group will also be on show.”

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The Trust and the Brents Community Association are grateful for the support from local businesses, especially Macknade Fine Foods and Morrisons for contributing to lunches and refreshments, and to the Faversham Business Partnership and its members.

The next programme starts Monday November 9th and will run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.30am to 3pm for 6 weeks. If anyone is unemployed or a lone parent wanting to get into work, please

Contact Jude on telephone: 01795 342400 mobile: 07971 490462, or e- mail her on:

Editors notes:
i) The Creek Learning Programme is funded by the DWP Flexible Support Fund for small local projects which help the longterm unemployed and lone parents into work.

ii) Alan Thorne is a boatbuilder and one of the tenants of the Trust’s Shipwrights Centre

Press Enquiries to:

Brenda Chester
Project Manager
Creek Learning Programme Faversham Creek Trust

Tel: 01795 531849 mob: 07711961266


One response to “Another Successful Creek Learning Programme

  1. A truly great course and one I would highly recommend for anyone in a similar position as myself (unemployed and/or looking to go self-employed.) Many thanks again, Tim Hopper Jnr.

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