Our Youth Worker, Mike Price has been working at Fordhall since September 2012…
…although he has been an avid volunteer since 2004.
Mike is there, 4th from the left (Feb 2005)
Mike has been working weekly with small groups of young people who are not suited to the conventional classroom setting, some of whom are at the point of exclusion.This project helps to rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and focus in life.Mike has been working on the John Muir Award with them, as well as working to develop their interests post formal education.Over 80% of participants have gone on to further education or employment!
Knocking posts in to fence off the pond.
As with everything we do here, we put in as much as we can in terms of enthusiasm, ideas, time and funds, but there comes a point when we need a bit of step up in the right direction.
Jarrod clearing the pond
During the year, Mike and the young people on the project take part in many jobs out and about around the farm and most of these jobs involve using tools. Unfortunately for them, our tools are not in the best of nick. Many have been generously donated to us and over the years have broken or worn with use and have been bodged together a few times to try to keep them going!
Mike with Nathan under the Greenwood Work shelter that they built.
So, in an effort to provide better tools for the young people to use on the fantastically worthwhile jobs that they help us with, Mike will be running the Trail Marathon Wales and asking for sponsorship.
The Trail Marathon Wales takes runners through the stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin forest in the Snowdonia National Park. It’s a tough trail and Mike has been training hard to be able to complete it (maybe even in under 6 hours!).