Building Our Future

Here are a couple of troubling statistics:
‘One in four of us will experience poor mental health in our lives.’
‘In Wales, 75% of people with mental illness receive no help or treatment at all.’
Building Our Future is a unique opportunity for people in mid-life who want a more practical approach to improving their mental health & well-being.

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What is this project about?

Taking place on a live construction site, this programme provides an environment where participants can learn new skills, be physically active, and be part of the team. You’ll get to experience a variety of natural building skills which might include traditional timber framing, carpentry, dry stone walling, building with straw bales, earth building, and a variety of heritage land management skills such as hedge-laying & cleft timber fencing.

Who is this project for?

Building Our Future is for people who:

  • have poor mental health but who aren’t engaging in other mental health services
  • Are in mid-life. Mid-life is a broad term but covers from late 20’s to early 50’s.

Apart from that, the project is open to anyone. You don’t need any practical experience, just a willingness to try something new.

When?

The next programme begins in late March 2017, and runs for 16 weeks. The programme will take place every Monday, starting at 10:30, and finishing at 14:30. There won’t be sessions during school holidays because we know it can be difficult to cover child care.

Where?

You’ll be based at our Little Bryn Gwyn site. Little Bryn Gwyn is a small farm at the foot of Cefn Bryn on Gower. This site has been entirely built by group members such as yourself. You can find directions, contact details & maps here. If you want to see more of what the site is like, head over here

What do I need?

Not a lot!

  • You need to be able to get to us. Buses do run but the service is infrequent, and you’ll have to walk for about 20 minutes.  Car-sharing is probably the favourite option.
  • A packed lunch. Don’t forget your sandwiches, we’ll provide the tea and biscuits!
  • Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in, and that you don’t mind getting dirty. You’ll be outside quite a lot, so dress for the weather! If you don’t have waterproofs don’t worry, we have plenty you can use.
  • Footwear. Because it’s a live construction site you’ll need to wear steel toe capped shoes. If you have some of your own, great – bring them along! If you don’t, don’t worry we have loads of pairs you can borrow.

Who is funding this project?

We’re able to offer this programme because of the Bupa Foundation. The Bupa UK Foundation’s purpose is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. As a charitable foundation they fund practical projects to tackle critical challenges in health and social care and make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

How to get involved, more information & publicity

If you want to have a chat, organise coming to see us, or to get more information, get in touch with Jon using our contact page.

If you’d like some publicity materials to show people, please download our leaflet

Postcode Dream Trust – Dreamfund

Current funded opportunities

Current Build – Little Bryn Gwyn

Recently completed -ORACLE2 at Swansea University

Booking a course

Down to Earth Construction

Outdoor classrooms

Cob courtyard walls

Murton site buildings