Young dad Stuart Stevens, 25 of Helston, shines in his volunteer work placement for social enterprise Nature Workshops which opens their first office on an alpaca farm in Porkellis. After 8 enthusiastic and productive weeks with the company he is now looking for a full time marketing job as he ends his placement by organizing the office opening event. The office was formally opened by Ian Smith CEO of Cornwall Energy Plus.
This small rural company has converted a corner of a barn at Carthvean Farm, where the electricity is wind powered and the office is insulated using low grade alpapca wool. It is hoped bookings of sessions in nature with families and party goers will double by the end of this summer compared to last year giving the company a strong base. Profits are used to deliver Nature Workshops to local vulnerable children and young people.
During his time on his work placement Stuart gained confidence and developed skills by attending conferences, building networks and contacts, organizing events, designing fliers and via social media management. The work placement has been organized for Stuart via the local Job Centre and Penwith College.
Stuart said ‘My placement with Nature Workshops has reaffirmed my desire to pursue a marketing role. The multidisciplinary skills I have developed at this local enterprise has combined my interests of creativity and the natural world.”
Julie Taylor Brown who owns the farm said ‘we’re delighted to have Nature Workshops at the farm and thoroughly support all their activities and wish them luck for the future’
Pam Crooks, local retired midwife said ‘It is a pleasure to be the Director of such an innovative and exciting company that provides tailored experiences, including training for children and adults alike. The professionalism, passion and vast experience within the company ensures the best quality of provision. There are life changing experiences for people who choose the classroom under the sky’
Jane Acton also a volunteer Director said ‘Our new sustainable office will give us a fighting chance of surviving the recession. Although we work all over Cornwall it will provide us with a base from which to grow and expand thus allowing us to reach more vulnerable families and individuals
For more information about Nature Workshops and to make bookings go to www.natureworkshops.co.uk.