New to the forum so hi
I am the aforementioned home edder who came in to see the space with my son, Harri, who was blown away and so excited by the resources on offer. Massive thanks to Dom and Rob for giving up your time for us
A couple of comments/replies from the previous ongoing conversation -
From the feedback I’ve had, a weekday session over the suggested Sunday, would be better supported. Certainly for us Sunday is a no go, its taken up by rugby unfortunately and i know many other home edders whos weekends are booked up too. Weekday sessions always seem to be better supported, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays perhaps, as i know there are long established group meetings on mondays and fridays.
There has been great interest shown in woodworking skills with an end goal in mind e.g bird/bat box, planters etc.
Similar interest in 3D Design/printing - the christmas theme idea sounds great!
Also lots of interest for mechnaics/vehicle repair.
Most home edders will firstly ask what costs are involved as we fund all education for our children unless we attend courses run by the LA, but they then tend to be curriculum based courses that do not offer the range of learing skills ,still very much sit down classroom based.
Group participation size - 6 was suggested as a good size when i met with Dom, Certainly this group size works for other workshop/group learning that i organise.
Age range will, i guess, depend on the activity and how safely the children can use tools/equipment and also the individual childs ability/experience.
Whilst cookery, planting outdoors etc sounds great, this isnt something i have mentioned to the home ed group as i know many already do cookery sessions, and like myself, many are home growers too. So im not sure how well supported these sessions would be. There was a great deal of interest in sessions such as I’ve previously mentioned as these are skills/resources that are not readily available to the home ed community. School subjects such as CDT etc are such an important skill for children, but home edders do struggle to find a place like you have that can offer learing in these areas.
Im happy to help however i can to get this going for our home ed kids. My son, Harri, will be coming to volunteer on Tuesdays to start with.