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This course starts in Sept 18
2 Year course leading to an HE Certificate in Digital Media
This course is at a Higher Educational level and requires an existing knowledge of IT
The spaces are being snapped up, come and find out more and put your name down
or ring asap to book your place!
Our final Samba Drumming session produced this fabulous sound!
Take a look at local Neath Port Talbot food producers by clicking on the link: Community Growers Map
Tyfu’n iach gyda’n gilydd Take a look at the food producers map!
If you are a small producer with a hobby or an existing trader or know anyone who produces quality goods let us know we would love to hear from you.
Please fill in the questionnaire mentioned below, it can be accessed by clicking on this link – Tyfu’n Iach
Providing training and support for community groups and individuals who are interested in growing produce to generate income. Our passion is strengthening communities through building networks and providing opportunities for participation in local growing. We value healthy lifestyles and giving people the skills they need to develop. With a view to building a food network/hub we’d really appreciate it if you would fill out the questionnaire in the link above.
Looking to improve your Maths and English skills?
Come along to our friendly classes at DOVE on Tuesday and Thursday mornings!
English – Tues 10 – 1.00
Maths – Thurs 10 – 1.00
Entry Routes and Training:
Start with the pre-access to health professions course! The course will give you the confidence to study at a higher level; the level which health professions such as nursing, midwifery and general practice require you to have. The pre-access to health professions is running at Dove Workshop at the end of January and will be running at Glynneath Training Centre in the near future. Click on this link for more info.
This successful project has now come to an end, click on the picture to read how we got on!
This Foundation Year Access to Higher Education Course aims to provide the skills and confidence for learners to progress onto an Access to Higher Education Course and then in the future, to a degree or equivalent higher education course.
On successful completion of the course, learners will gain a Level 2 Diploma (60 credits at Level 2)
The course is aimed at adults of all ages, 16 and above and particularly suitable for those who have no formal qualifications and who are interested in work or further study in Health & Social Care. It will provide a foundation for achieving the skills and qualifications employers are looking for and will help develop the skills needed for academic study.
There are no formal entry requirements but candidates need to have a caring nature, and a mature and committed approach to their studies.
We aim to start this course at the end of January 2017. Students will be expected to attend for an average of up to 4 days a week, for 35 weeks, (over 3 terms), during 2017/18
Learners will undertake Skills for Further Study Level 2 Diploma and the main focus of the course is to develop learners’ proficiency in a range of academic skills, including writing, research, numeracy and confidence in using computer applications.
Subjects covered will focus on a range of themes around health care, IT and media skills, communication skills, personal reflection, welsh culture, Pre/GCSE English & Maths and other options.
There may be help with childcare and other learning related costs, please ask for further advice on this at your initial meeting at either Glynneath Training Centre or Dove Workshop
If you are interested in studying this course at Dove Workshop, please contact Lesley to arrange an appointment for further advice 01639 700024
If you love people and supporting them while they’re struggling, this is the job for you!
Gaining a health and social care qualification can be done whilst in employment although it would be beneficial to your knowledge and understanding to complete a pre-access to health and social care and/or a full access to health professions course.
At this time of the year, we start to dream of how our garden might look in a couple of months. Have you ever thought about taking the dream further and making a living out of creating beautiful spaces? The qualities needed for this career are a love of the outdoors and to be relatively fit! Some of the benefits of this career are to increase your fitness, health and well-being to name but a few. Click for information regarding qualifications you might need to become a professional. There are also part time courses available for those who would like to learn more just for their own pleasure.
This Month: Health Worker
Health/Care Worker: care sector support workers are patient and compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic. These workers are individuals who have a love of people and want to support them in their daily lives. Among other situations, you could be supporting someone to live independently or ensuring that an elderly person has the help to continue living in their own home. We are running a FREE pre-access to health taster day at DOVE Workshop on 28th January from 9.00 – 15.00. This will be followed by a FREE full pre-access to health course starting in February. The course will explore the study skills needed to complete a Health qualification as well as supporting the learner to improve their maths and literacy skills; both needed to progress further in this field.
This month: Veterinary Nurse
If you’re an animal lover, this might be a career choice for you! If you are passionate about animals and want to work with anything from small animals, horses and farm animals to zoo animals you can find out more information here. You’ll have a patient and unflappable personality and be able to communicate well at all levels. You’ll also have to be practical and unsentimental as the work can sometimes be distressing. It would also be very useful to have a good knowledge of IT.
If you are a conscientious and helpful person who is looking for part time work, this might be a suitable career for you! Yule(!) be expected to be part of a team that makes toys, feeds reindeer and generally ensures that Father Christmas is ready to traverse the world on Christmas Eve.
We can now offer a more extensive printing and photocopying service.
Please call in or ring us for more details.
Job of the Month – November
Do you have a logical and methodical approach to problem solving?
Do you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills?
Are you committed to helping people transform their lives in a positive way
The work of a psychologist can be educational, clinical and occupational. Becoming qualified to practise involves completing a psychology degree accredited by British Psychological Society (BPS). A good starting point would be the psychology course running at DOVE in November! The class begins on the 5th November at 18.00 – 20.00.
This month – Roadie
Also could be described as technical support staff or crew. They help to stage music concerts and other events. You would set up before a gig, look after the instruments during the show, and pack away afterwards. If you are physically fit, love music and technology and would like a practical job, this could be the career for you.
Simon Pope’s film ‘Primary Agents of a Social World’.
This event features free refreshments and includes a discussion and Q&A after the screening. In attendance will be the filmaker Simon Pope and Mair and Hywel Francis.
Commissioned by the National Museum Wales, Primary Agents of a Social World is Simon Pope’s film about coal and community in South Wales, touring to four key venues across the coalfield this September. In the film a group of people, related to a large coal sample from the Amgueddfa Cymru/ National Museum Wales collection, take a bus journey that follows the coal seam from Blaenavon to the north of Cardiff, picking people up along the way, and eventually meeting the coal sample itself in the Museum stores. The resulting film asks whether new types of community can be formed by tracing connections between this specific coal specimen and those whose lives it may have transformed.
This project has created accessible community growing spaces on previously disused and badly overgrown land. The land is owned by Onllwyn Community Council and leased to DOVE Workshop. The project has built raised beds, constructed paths and erected large poly tunnels. There are 23 families using the raised beds and one of the poly tunnels to grow fresh produce, the other poly tunnel is used for horticulture and woodwork sessions with participants and volunteers.
If you are interested in finding out about any of the above projects, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Due to funding, the Livelihoods project will finish at the end of March.
There is still support available at Dove Workshop, please contact us for information regarding how we may be able to help you.
We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with the project especially the participants.
We’re pleased to say that Mark will be running woodwork sessions on Tuesday & Wednesday for the foreseeable future.
‘Livelihoods’ participants at the Senedd
Cwm-Ni Iach – Cwmunedau Iach – Healthy Company Healthy Communities is a project funded by Big Lottery’s People and Places grant. The overarching aim of the project is to support adults and young people 16+ to improve their mental and physical health and well-being.
The need for the project came from discussion and consultation with community members, and is based on experiences of dealing with family members who have or are dealing with low to medium levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
We have a team of three workers, Lianne Byrne, project development worker, Kate Faulkner, advice and guidance worker and a part time administrator. The team will work with groups and individuals to develop activities and work with specialist organisations to support individuals to improve their lives.