Here at The CHAOS Group we offer a wide range of specialist workshops and experience days, all designed to bring healthcare, education and nature together. From animal therapy sessions lead by our experienced and fully qualified professionals to fun and exciting adventure days, exploring the woods whilst learning new skills – there’s something for everyone! In partnership with the Positive People project we offer fully funded programmes to help you on your journey back to work.
CHAOS Farm placements unlock the potential of outdoor learning, connecting with nature and influencing lives and lifestyles choices. It’s a place where people with all sorts of challenges can understand a little more about the farming life and how our food gets from plough to plate; get up close with the animals and learn a little more about themselves. We are not simply a green space or an alternative education venue, everything takes place on a working farm and we are quietly getting on, doing what we are good at – empowering others in a co-produced way. This is underpinned by an in-house training/competency programme, which supports people to gain confidence and sector based skills. This can be a pathway in to an internship or apprenticeship.
A typical session of our Bush Craft Forestry School includes a wide range of problem solving tasks, all developed to promote learning, interaction and well-being. This gives a strong sense of personal achievement and increased confidence while learning personal, social and technical skills for life. The programme offers all opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and improve self-esteem through hands on learning in a natural environment. The benefits gained by those involved closely link closely to the 5 stages of well-being identified and promoted as key public health messages. These 5 stages of well-being are widely recognised by mental health professionals and charities and are being adopted more and more within young people’s mental health.
This is a practical 10 day course tailored for less able individuals to help discover capabilities and purpose. Often run from a community site or building in disrepair, we use a number of team building exercises before commencing the designated practical project. These projects will vary depending on the location, but will involve carefully monitored physical work to complete a task. REACH is not like any other course. This practical based project directly tackles a number of issues and barriers preventing individuals from gaining and sustaining employment.
This course is referred to as the 14 Day Challenge, as we provide a 3 day intensive course with delegates returning a fortnight later for a follow-up day. Areas covered include attitude, first impressions, presentation, and creating a positive impact. We believe that it is not just about you being ready to get a job, it is more seeing the bigger picture, changing attitudes, and breaking down barriers – all through the medium of building and team work.
Equine therapy puts people and horses together in an environment designed to promote emotional growth and learning. We work with individuals or groups to help them discover more about themselves and develop new ways of thinking. The therapy team guides the individual or group along their journey, encouraging them to reflect on their experiences and what it means to them. Equine therapy is known to help with a variety of mental health issues such as addiction and low self-esteem. Sessions take place with are experienced and fully qualified team at CHAOS Farm and Please note: no horse riding is involved.
In this comprehensive introduction into the world of Hair & Beauty, volunteers will learn basic skills in these industries to enable them to decide if they would like to take it further. As well as this volunteers will also learn customer service skills, and assisting in a busy functioning salon. Learning new skills and meeting new people will hopefully help build confidence and self esteem within themselves too. Completing a basic folder of handouts and photo graphic evidence of their own work to take away to show future employers/colleges.
Creative marketing is what we do – and we want to share that with the community around us. Working alongside our creative team you’ll get to learn (and refine) your skills in social media, photography, design, film, audio production and creative writing. Working with real customers, on real accounts together you’ll help make a real difference whilst gaining new creative skills. This provision is ideal for anyone interested in marketing, creative media or anyone looking to get a hands-on introduction into the marketing world.
CHAOS offer people the opportunity to access a volunteering and work placement opportunities in our cafe. Cafe CHAOS demonstrates our belief that a great cafe should be more than just a place to eat and drink. It’s a hub of social activity, so as well as serving delicious food and drink, our cafe is a place where volunteers can be part of a community – learning new skills whilst working with real customers, under the watchful eyes of excellent trainers. This is underpinned by an in-house training and competency programme, which supports people to gain confidence and sector based skills. This can be a pathway in to an internship or apprenticeship programme.
This is aimed at people who already have some basic cooking skills and want to learn more. It helps them learn practical cooking skills in a positive relaxed atmosphere while socially interacting. The format for this session will incorporate using leftovers from fridge/store cupboard and making a tasty fresh affordable meal and picking up some useful money saving tips. This includes the chef, ingredients and venue hire. Topics covered include:
– Weekly menu on a budget
– Making simple healthy recipes
– Microwave cooking: creating dishes from fresh ingredients
– Nutritional advice and information while living on a budget