Skillway is a registered charity based in Godalming teaching practical craft skills to disadvantaged and disengaged young people who are experiencing academic difficulties in school, or are home-tutored. The students are referred by schools, colleges and home tutored groups from across the Waverley, Guildford and Woking areas.
When working with young students it is quite common to recognise that it is not just workshop skills training and employability assistance that our students would benefit from, but a more relaxed approach to their education, mental health, and general well-being. Centring on how they view themselves and engage with others as they enter adulthood.
Thanks to the very generous support from a new donor, the Clothworkers’ Foundation, we are going to have the exclusive use of a large woodland site to the north of Guildford where our tutors can provide the opportunity for students to learn new skills in a stimulating outdoor setting.
“This will give our students whole days outdoors to explore woodland crafts, ecology, and environmental issues,” said Vivien Gillman, Skillway Trustee. “And most importantly this will give them the time and headspace to better understand themselves, know who they are, what they want to achieve, and determine how to move forward positively.”
The Skillway ‘Outdoors Days’ which will be launching in September will be integrated within the current teaching timetables, replacing some of the regular in-workshop sessions we run. Transport to and from the outdoors learning centre will be arranged by Skillway from our Godalming centre.
“There will also be an exciting new range of achievement certificates the students will receive for their successful participation providing a record to support future education applications or work opportunities. The initiative will positively support our teenagers as they progress into adulthood helping provide a brighter future for all.”