Platform 1, a men’s community centre situated next to Huddersfield train station brought 8 men to undertake a three-day residential at Northern College.
The group studied a custom-made ‘Introduction to Peer Mentoring’ course that introduced students to skills and techniques that can help and support others as well as themselves. One of the students who attended the course said, “The course opened my eyes to how I’m seen by others and how to communicate with others.” With all of the learners receiving work-related benefits, the course was free and included accommodation, breakfast and evening meal.
The group also enjoyed an excellent evening activity that introduced them to our forest school for adults. During this activity, they created a 5 pointed Christmas star using found objects that had been foraged from Wentworth Castle’s gardens. Platform 1, are now looking to come back and study our ‘Confidence in the Forest’ later this year. As their project manager, Bob Morse said, “The course was a complete success from our point of view, the patience and understanding shown to our members from the staff and tutors at Northern College was wonderful.”
None of this would have been possible without the support from New Mill Voice Choir who donated £250 to help with transport costs.