Build Me Up!

Build Me Up is a new project for over 25s running throughout 2020


What’s this project about?

“Build me up” will support some of South Wales’ most disadvantaged adults (over 25 years old) to improve their well-being and education opportunities and help bring them closer to the labour market and employment through sustainable construction and sustainable land management programmes. Based on 9 years of clinical research, this project will be underpinned by relationship centred and meaningful outdoor experiences which change people’s lives. Participants will be able to experience a wide range of activities, such as building amazing structures with Welsh and natural materials and woodland and organic farm management, building their confidence and supporting them back towards employment, volunteering or study. There will be the opportunity to gain a Work Related Education qualification through Agored Cymru. We will also be offering digital inclusion sessions with a focus on health and well-being.

Who’s this project for?

This project is aimed at adults aged 25 and over who are economically inactive or long term unemployed and living in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot or Carmarthenshire area. Priority groups include over 54s, Black and minority ethnic communities, carers and those from jobless households with low skills and work limiting health conditions. We are looking for referral agencies with at least 12 potential participants who might want to participate in a programme. If you are not involved with a group as a referral agent but think you might be eligible then please contact us and we will see if there is a suitable programme you can get involved with.


There are 4 intake dates scheduled for 2020:

  • w/c 3rd February
  • w/c 20th April
  • w/c 10th August
  • w/c 12th October

Groups will attend 1 day a week for 8 weeks. We’ll be running a group every weekday apart from Thursday.


10:30 – 14:30


Your group will probably be based at one of our two sites on Gower, either Murton or Little Bryn Gwyn.  All of the buildings and infrastructure at these locations have been built by our group members and participants will help to develop them further. It might also be possible to run a programme on a group’s own site but the group would need to supply any necessary project materials. You can find directions, contact details & maps to our sites here.

What do I need?

  • Participants need to be able to get to our sites. Minibus, taxi, or car-sharing are probably the favourite options.
  • A packed lunch, we’ll provide the tea and biscuits!
  • The group need to wear clothing that they can move comfortably in, don’t mind getting dirty, and is suitable for British weather! We have plenty of waterproofs that group members can use.

Project funder details

The programme is funded by the European Social Fund delivered by the Welsh Government and managed through WCVA’s Active Inclusion Fund. It aims to reduce economic inactivity in Wales and improve the employability of disadvantaged people furthest from the labour market, who often have complex barriers to employment.

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