Groundwork South manages a multitude of projects and venues throughout England and Wales including Goblin Combe in North Somerset, which they also own. Goblin Combe Environment Centre constitutes a 130 acre mixed woodland and a 38 bed residential lodge site. The courses offered at Goblin Combe reflect the Groundwork commitment of putting people at the centre of everything we do. Each course is offered to a small number of participants so that no one gets lost in the crowd, real relationships can be formed between learners and staff and projects can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants. Courses take place in the woodland, learners benefit greatly from an open air learning environment which encourages a more relaxed atmosphere allowing learners to feel less pressured and more willing to take a risk, share their ideas, and try something new.
Tutors are experienced, enthusiastic and very supportive in their approach. Each session is designed to build confidence through real challenges and celebration of success. Learners are encouraged and supported to recognise their achievements and strengths. When learners or tutors identify any weaknesses tutors will design activities and guide learners towards improving their skills in that area.
Because we own the site employability courses are able to focus far more on the personal learning journey of each participant than the physical outcome of the project. It is far more important that a learner has had the opportunity and encouragement to try new skills and use new tools, even if they might be a little slower and less competent than someone else in the group, than the outcome being of commercial standard.
The services we offer to West of England Works partners include:
Get up, get going woodland adventure
Suggested period 5 sessions, 1 a week, lasting three hours per session.
A course consisting of purposeful yet relaxed sessions designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing and levels of confidence and motivation through regular exercise and varied activities in a friendly environment. Learners will be supported to take a risk and try something new, work as a team to complete challenges and form friendships based on positive shared experiences. Activities may include archery, fire lighting, woodland cooking, orienteering, team challenges, assault course, and conservation and woodland expeditions. The activities delivered will be tailored to suit learners.
Cost: £600 + VAT (for up to 8 people), extra people, not exceeding 12 in total £50 + VAT per head
Woodland cooking challenge
Suggested period 5 sessions, 1 a week lasting three hours per session.
An interesting and challenging course designed to motivate learners, encourage them to work as a member of a team, voice ideas, think creatively and take responsibility. Each week learners will be challenged to light a fire and cook a meal over it. Initially learners will be provided with ingredients and supported to work as a team to decide what to cook and how to do it. As the weeks progress the challenge level will increase to encompass purchasing ingredients within a budget and making meals to meet specific briefs for example an Easter celebration. Learners will have to work as a team to ensure the fire is lit and kept at a suitable size for cooking, think creatively about what can be made using limited resources and a fire, negotiate with one another, take a risk and have faith in their ideas. Learners will have to be realistic in their plans and consider time, ability and cost.
Cost: £700 + VAT (for up to 4 people), extra people, not exceeding 8 in total £150 + VAT per head
Suggested period 5 sessions, 1 a week lasting 5 hours per session.
Learners will be given a challenging project to complete over which they will have a great deal of autonomy. The projects are designed to be interesting, rewarding and varied and will allow learners to both develop and amass tangible examples of using the ‘soft’ skills required for employment which can be referred to on application forms and during interviews. The soft skills which are particularly focussed on include team working, problem solving, using initiative, planning, resilience, self motivation and thinking creatively. Following the course learners will be given a personalised certificate come reference outlining the project, the skills which were demonstrated and the learners achievements.
Cost: £1,250 + VAT (for up to 5 people), extra people not exceeding 8 in total £225 + VAT per head
Team celebration day
Suggested period 1 session lasting 5 hours.
Learners will be given the opportunity to take part in a range of interesting and challenging activities in the woodland designed to improve motivation and feelings of wellbeing. Learners and accompanying staff will enjoy a positive shared experience doing something completely different in an unknown environment which may have been unthinkable for learners at the start of their West of England Works course and will highlight just how far they have come. Activities could include archery, fire lighting, woodland cooking, orienteering, team challenges, assault course, and conservation and woodland expeditions. The activities delivered will be tailored to suit learners.
Cost: £375 + VAT (for up to 15 people), extra people, not exceeding 20 in total £20 + VAT per head
Team residential challenge
Suggested period 2 days 1 night.
Learners will be supported to take a risk and step out of their comfort zone. During the day learners will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities designed to improve confidence, motivation, resilience and teamwork. In the evening learners will work as a team to prepare dinner before relaxing in one another’s company. The morning will require team work and responsibility to prepare breakfast , pack belongings and tidy up the accommodation.
The experience will allow learners to step away from everyday worries and find space to consider their future whilst being encouraged and supported to develop skills and confidence. Learners would have exclusive access to the Goblin Combe Lodge site which encompasses a 38 bed lodge with 10 bedrooms, a large kitchen, two relaxing rooms, an 8 acre field, curtain woodland, a yurt, an outdoor classroom, an outdoor fire pit, and a covered veranda.
Cost: £1,200 + VAT (for up to 20 people), extra people, not exceeding 38 in total £55 + VAT per head
Get in Touch
If you would like to find out more about how Goblin Combe can assist you, then contact Hannah Cushen via phone on 01934 833 723 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.