Bringing Gower Home Again

We’ve been awarded funding for a second round of Bringing Gower Home workshops. The aim is to bring as many people to this wonderful part of the world as possible. Groups are from communities in the Swansea Bay region who wouldn’t normally have the ability to be on Gower.

The first group are from a Port Talbot school with social emotional and behaviour difficulties. Their students have found mainstream schools to be unsuitable for their complex needs so at Ysgol Hendrefelin they take pride in supporting their students in accessing the curriculum in new and interesting ways.

Ysgol Hendrefelin took part in the previous round of Bringing Gower Home. They wanted to take part again since they noticed a “massive increase in self-esteem and creativity” from their previous experience. Their previous participants showed an increase in enthusiasm, self-esteem, and self-improvement as well as wanting to learn more about local history, the sea, nature, and photography. The impact the previous workshop had on their participants is phenomenol and just goes to show how inspirational the Gower can be for workshops with students with social and emotional disorders.

We recreated the can-do attitude today for this second group. Despite the torrential rain the group took some amazing photographs. Some of the images are picture postcards whilst others are more conceptual in nature. For people with no previous photography experience they took to it really well and you can see the natural talent in some of these compositions.

Next week we’ll be completing the second part of their Bringing Gower Home experience. We’ll be going along to their Year 11 leavers assembly and sharing with the school the photographs that were taken today. I can’t wait! Thank you Ysgol Hendrefelin!

I am organising, delivering, and supporting this project in collaboration with Gower Landscape Partnership (GLP) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.

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