Cardiff and Vale College Carpentry students set up business to raise money for Welsh veterans
A group of Level 1 Carpentry students at Cardiff and Vale College have been awarded a grant of more than £3,000 to develop wood products that will be sold to raise money for Forces veterans.
The Timber Thinkers project stemmed from a Welsh Baccalaureate project where the group made ‘clocks from logs’. During half term they created a few prototypes which were all personalised and of good quality. The group have already delivered sessions to primary school pupils while making wooden boats.
Sixteen-year-old Jason Payne from Llanederyn, who is Timber Thinkers’ project leader, has already taken part in ‘Walk on Wales’ – a charity walk to raise funds for former Welsh veterans of the Armed Forces who are overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder through charities such as Combat Stress.
The group of eight students were seeking to continue to develop the project and with support from UnLtd and FE Pioneers have purchased engraving machinery and software to make the products more efficiently. CAVC is working with further education colleges across South East Wales and UnLtd to deliver the FE Pioneers initiative, a unique model that invests directly in students with innovative ideas that will benefit their local communities.
The students will now seek to create a corporate image and marketing strategy. The machinery and software will also be able to personalise the products and also develop personal skills in using new machinery which is used in industry.
As Ambassadors of the project they aim to ensure that there is a sustainable commitment in supporting the Armed Forces.
The students have great support from their tutor Steve Young who is keen to continue to develop the project further and realise its full potential, and create new products for sale to sustain the social enterprise and provide wider benefits to the cause.
They have purchased a CNC machine to produce the products, software, branding and additional materials and a series of plaques are being produced. The profits from the venture will support the Welsh Guards centenary anniversary on March 1st 2015, and these plaques will help to raise much needed funds for charities linked with the Welsh Guards.
Jason said: “These charities help both veterans and those serving. The monies will help provide assistance for physical and mental problems that our brave soldiers endure.”
Mark Horwood who was Team Leader for Walk on Wales which raised funds for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan appeal and Combat Stress said: “I would like to thank the young lads at the College for their time and effort in producing the plaques to such a high standard.
“The support for the engraving machine to help with the production is a massive boost to the project and I would like to express my sincere thanks on behalf of many ex Welsh guardsmen. I look forward to the continued support from CAVC.”