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Making a difference

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for heritage

  • Dry stone walls in the North East are in better condition; the development of a new course will help with future management of the walls.

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for people

  • Over 70 young people experienced some training in dry stone walling techniques.
  • 43 young people completed the course, gaining skills in dry stone walling. 35 achieved the LANTRA Level 1 award.
  • The trainees developed additional employability skills. In evaluation, trainees highlighted that their interpersonal skills, motivation, self-confidence and readiness for work were improved as a result of the project.

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for communities

  • This project worked with disadvantaged 16-25 year olds who typically had little, if any, previous knowledge in the heritage sector, or the countryside and its management.

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Lessons learnt

  • Some trainees felt that they did not have sufficient detail about what the course would entail. Some of the trainees found difficulties with travel distances, inclement weather and the very physical nature of the programme if they had not been adequately prepared.
  • Further proactive work was needed between the Referral Team and Job Centre Plus staff to help minimise the recurring problem of incorrect information being provided to potential participants.
  • The taster sessions were seen as important and better prepared young people on what to expect.
  • It was important to have instructors who not only have the necessary heritage skills but who are also able to relate well to young people.
  • The programme timetable left little room for contingency and at times this made the course too pressurised. Consideration should be given to building in some additional time, particularly if these are being run at times of the year when the weather is likely to be poor.
  • The partners continue to work together and are considering how dry stone walling might fit into a wider programme of countryside skills. 
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