Bringing Gower back with ASDES

Today a participants from ASDES (Autistic Spectrum Disorder Employment Service) got together for a chat about their experience with Bringing Gower Home.  We had spent the day in August gaining confidence with the camera out at CHAPS (Community Horse and Pony Scheme). Taking photographs is one thing, meeting new people and engaging socially is something else. This social aspect is something which is often tricky when you have autism. It was really interesting then to have a retrospective look talk today about how they feel they got on with Bringing Gower Home workshop.

It was nice to hear that anyone who felt nervous at the start of the day went home feeling that they’d had a calming and successful day. The Gower evokes a real sense of peace, especially in the woodlands around Gowerton. A lot of visitors to Gower know of the cliffs and beaches but the fields and forests are just as special. The rescue ponies and horses at CHAPS know it and now our ASDES participants know it too. Participants said they’d love to visit Gower again soon and continue to build their self-confidence through experiencing more of this wonderful place. You can see more of the photographs this group took by clicking HERE.

Bringing Gower Home workshops encourage a connection with the landscape and celebrate what is personally special about the Gower. We focus on themes of Natural Gower, The Sea and Gower, Living on Gower, and  Historical Gower. 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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