Skills for Self Reliance (S4SR) now has its own website – - and new project coordinator who is helping the project to go from strength to strength.

S4SR began in 2011 to deliver and support the provision of knowledge and skills in self reliance and sustainability to people working and looking for work in the communities of Bridport and the surrounding areas.  It is a unique public, private and third sector partnership which links together partners to provide training in a wide range of skills from renewable energy to food and nutrition.  As this is a funded project places are offered on courses at a vastly subsidised rate and sometimes free of charge.

The new website gives an overview of the project, lists all upcoming courses and provides information on the different locations where training can be accessed.  This makes it much easier for interested parties to see what’s on offer and how the project can support them whether they are interested in simply adding to their own skill set or greening west Dorset’s economy at large.

A new project coordinator – Sophie Franks – ensures that the website is kept up-to-date with new courses, can deal with enquiries on course content or availability and is keen for people to suggest new course ideas.  Sophie says; ‘this project was developed for the benefit of the local community so if you think we’re missing something then please get in touch and we will try and include it.  You can email me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ’.

An exciting course coming soon is ‘Timber Framed Barn Building’.  This comprises 3 modules 8-12 October 2012, 15-19 October and 5-9 November 2012.  You will learn the techniques of timber framing while building a three-bay cruck barn to be erected at Monkton Wyld Court.

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