EDP Drug & Alcohol Services’ exciting new programme, Hidden Gems, started recently and is already showing excellent results. A number of participants are accessing the programme, funded by Job Centre Plus, which supports people who are out of work towards and into employment. In just a couple of weeks a number of beautiful items have been made and a number of items have been sold.
The programme develops entrepreneurial and employment skills, provides work experience and one-to-one and group support to overcome health and wellbeing barriers to employment. Alongside participants design and produce jewellery and other handcrafted products from recycled and reclaimed metals.
The feedback from the participants is extremely positive with one participant stating that it has helped him to have refrained from using alcohol for over a week after many years of drinking 2 bottles of whisky a day.
On Thursday 26th May at Ripple Effect’s Recovery Fayre at Poltimore House the group sold £75 of bespoke handcrafted items and took more orders of some designs which were sold out. One of the participants, Martyn, commented
“I feel really good about today being able to talk to people about what we all do for the planet, people and profits whilst making items. It felt really good that we all did it as a team and sold some of the things we have made.”
One of our partners for Hidden Gems is Plymouth based Jewellers Robbins and Moore. On seeing some of the work already created Rob Robbin’s commented:
“It’s great to see that with a bit of creativity, motivation and craftwork your students have managed to create some items of jewellery. I find it very impressive that they have done this with no prior knowledge of jewellery making or design, and all from what you have told me is a relatively basic work shop. That texture on the bangle made from the copper pipe was something else, I loved it!”
If you know someone who is out of work and interested in being a part of Hidden Gems they can join the project at any time – they don’t need to wait for the next 13 week programme to begin.
EDP is looking for organisations who would be interests in offering work experience placements for our participants.
You can find out more about the programme, discuss the criteria for joining or discuss a work experience placement with Rod Burnett. You can contact him by calling 07795 306 235 or by emailing [email protected].