Category Archives: Cornwall

MINI WEAVERS – EASTER

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Creative workshops starting in Fowey at Easter! Loosely               structured creative willow weaving sessions with a child-led       approach, for children aged 4-11 years. 

Fun sessions where everyone can explore natural materials and learn this fantastic traditional craft. The children will also develop social skills and gain creative learning in maths, science,       history and design.

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Tuesday 7th & Thursday 9th April, Fowey Hotel Tea Gardens

10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm

£7.50 per session, discounts for siblings. Bring a packed lunch and stay all day for £15.00

Come and join us for lots of fun, and learn to make your own willow sculptures to take home with you. Amazing location with fantastic views. If the weather isn’t very nice we’ll be weaving inside our magical bell tent.

Parents do need to stay with their children during the sessions, although if you want to you are more than welcome.

All staff have enhanced DBS and we are fully insured.

For more information or to book places, please contact us. Places are limited so booking is essential to avoid disappointment. 

 

Willow Crafts for Christmas

Lovely courses where you will learn to make beautiful willow items for your home or as presents and are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit! Participants are shown how to weave with a selection of different willow using a variety of different techniques. Suitable for complete beginners and lots of fun.

Tools and materials required, and tea, coffee, biscuits, cake and lunch are all provided. All you need to bring is yourself!

To book a place on any of our courses, please either  book onlinedownload our booking form and email or post it to us with a cheque made payable to ‘Ways with Willow’, or contact us  and we will send you a booking form. All course fees must be paid upon booking to secure your place.

Course Gift Vouchers are also available which are a perfect present! 

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WILLOW CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS – 2015 date TBC

Covers a variety of willow weaving techniques using both dried and freshly cut willow. Come and learn how to make several small willow decorations, including stars, wreaths, trees and angels! It is a fantastic course to get you into the festive spirit complete with mince pies!

WILLOW CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS 2 – 2015 date TBC

Covers a variety of willow weaving techniques using both dried and freshly cut willow. Come and learn how to weave larger items to decorate your home. You can choose from rustic wreaths, willow garlands, large hearts and Christmas trees or a 3D angel. Complete with mince-pies! 

 

Places are limited on all our courses as groups are kept small, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

To book a place on any of our courses, please either  book onlinedownload our booking form and email or post it to us with a cheque made payable to ‘Ways with Willow’, or contact us  and we will send you a booking form. 

All course fees must be paid upon booking to secure your place.

 

Course gift vouchers are also available. 

 

 

 

 

Creative Willow Courses

One day courses where you will learn to make a variety of items to decorate your home and garden. Participants are shown how to weave with a selection of different willow using a variety of different techniques. Suitable for complete beginners and lots of fun.

All courses start at 10.00 am and finish at 4.00 pm and cost £50, which includes all the tool and materials required, and tea, coffee, biscuits and cake are also provided.

To book a place on any of our courses, please either book online,  download our booking form and email or post it to us with a cheque made payable to ‘Ways with Willow’, or contact us  and we will send you a booking form. All course fees must be paid upon booking to secure your place.

Course Gift Vouchers are also available which make an ideal present. 

INTRODUCTION TO WILLOW CRAFT – date TBC

Covers a variety of willow weaving techniques using dried willow. Come and spend a lovely therapeutic day working with willow. You will learn basic techniques and make at least three items to take home with you and decorate your home and garden, to include hoops, hearts, fish and bird feeders. Lovely introduction into willow weaving.

 

WILLOW HEARTS – date TBC

Learn how to make a number of different types of beautiful hearts using a variety of dried willow, perfect for decorating your home or to give as presents.

 

WILLOW CRAFTS FOR THE GARDEN – date Fowey TBC

Come and learn how to make a large obelisk, plant grow-through or a small edging hurdle for your garden.

To book a place on any our courses online click here. 

 

Places are limited on all our courses as groups are kept small, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

To book a place on any of our courses, please either book online,  download our booking form and email or post it to us with a cheque made payable to ‘Ways with Willow’, or contact us  and we will send you a booking form. 

All course fees must be paid upon booking to secure your place.

 

Courses Gift Vouchers are also available. 

 

 

 

 

Living Willow Maintenance

Maintenance of living willow structures is essential to allow healthy growth and to preserve the natural beauty. This can be done once the leaves have dropped and before the buds break.

If you already have a willow structure that is in need of maintaining, we can offer maintenance sessions or can run a course at your venue. Contact us for details.

Planting living willow structures

 

Living structures

 

Planting living willow structures is very rewarding and watching them grow and burst into life is amazing! It’s also great fun, and everyone from children to adults love building a beautiful structure.

Living willow structures are built from unrooted rods in the winter months, from December to March, and structures such as arches, tunnels, domes and fences can be constructed.

Get the most out of your outdoor area with a living willow structure; eco-friendly, robust and beautiful, they make beautiful features.

Ways with Willow offers a design and build service for a variety of structures. We also help community groups to develop their outdoor space using living willow structures and run community workshops. A very good way to fund a willow structure is to run a course for community members. Contact us for details.

Willow Wonderland Preview Evening

Our fantastic new shop and workshop opens upstairs in the Market house, St Austell on Saturday 30th August. 

On Friday 29th, we have a special preview evening for all our wonderful supporters, customers and clients from 6-9pm. 

Jo Saville’s Rock Choir will be performing from 6.30pm, there’s a ‘Swish and Stitch’ and private viewing of Gary Marshall Steven’s ‘Hollow Men’ exhibition. There’s also drinks and nibbles and cake, special opening offers and a raffle!

Our shop will stock a variety of our different willow kits, beautiful willow products for your home and garden, and bundles of willow for your own projects.

In the workshop, we’ll be running regular courses and workshops, as well as a number of different projects.

Come and be among the first to see how we’ve transformed the units into our on and have a look at what we’ve got to offer.

See you there!

shop preview invitation

 

 

 

Shop and Workshop Opening

Our fantastic new shop and workshop opens upstairs in the Market house, St Austell on Saturday 30th August! 

There’ll be SPECIAL OFFERS in our shop, where you can browse a variety of different willow kits, beautiful willow products for your home and garden, and bundles of willow for your own projects. 

From 10.00am until 4.00pm, there’s also FREE willow weaving workshops. Why not come and have a go at willow weaving, learn some new skills and have lots of fun.

 

Opening flyer

 

 

 

 

Volunteering Day

We’re now on full speed decorating and getting our new shop and workshop in The Market House, St Austell ready for it’s launch at the end of August. Once the painting is finished, there’s still a lot to do before we can open!

Every Wednesday, we’re having a volunteer day, where anyone can drop in and lend a hand with a variety of different jobs. Whether you can spare an hour or can spend all day volunteering, your support will be invaluable in helping us to get everything done. There’s a job for everyone, and every task, no matter how small, makes a huge difference to us and is gratefully received. In return for your time we can guarantee plenty of tea and biscuits!!

We had huge support recently at our volunteer open day at Trenython Manor. If you missed the event, you can see some information on it on the Cornish Guardian website by clicking here.

If you’re interested in helping us and can spare some time on a Wednesday, either as a one-off or on a regular basis, email us on info@wayswithwillow.co.uk or call Sian for a chat on 07712 151875.

 

 

Volunteer Open Day

Are you hungry for interesting opportunities to try something new and grow your skills?
Would you like to gain valuable work experience that really makes a difference to the lives of others?
Are you looking for a fun way to give back to the community and make new friends?
Does being part of a team of like-minded people fill you with excitement?
Are you seeking a flexible volunteer role that will enable you to utilise your skills and abilities?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you’ll want to find out more about volunteering with us…

Volunteer Opportunities

Whatever your skills and experience may be, we have a role to suit you. Whether you’re seeking to improve your confidence after a difficult time; you’ve just left school and you’re looking for work experience; or you’re retired with time on your hands, we can offer you a variety of flexible volunteer opportunities, including:

  • Administrative work
  • Marketing
  • Attending events
  • Supporting people of all ages and abilities in workshops
  • Creating willow kits
  • Growing and cultivating willow

Our volunteers are extremely important to us. They donate their time and passion and become part of the team and they receive some fantastic benefits. It’s thanks to our volunteers that we have been able to improve the lives of hundreds of people across Cornwall who have experienced difficulties for a variety of reasons. Imagine what we will achieve with your help too. To find out more, please visit us at our volunteer open day or contact us for more information.

Volunteer Open Day

Our open day will be held at: Trenython Manor, near Fowey Monday 14th July 9am – 12.30pm This is a chance for you to meet the team and find out all about Ways with Willow; who we are, why we do what we do, why our volunteers love working with us, our vision for the future and how you can be a part of this. And of course, there will be cake! It’s a very exciting time for us and we look forward to sharing our progress and future vision with you. For more information or to book a place, please email us on info@wayswithwillow.co.uk or call Sian on 07712 151875. See you there!

Ways with Willow fish workshop at Royal Cornwall Show 2014

Ways with Willow… the relaunch!

The Royal Cornwall Show saw the relaunch of Ways with Willow as a charitable organisation, with a bright new look and new team members, exciting new products and designs, and a new business model.

We were thrilled to be invited into the first ever Social Enterprise Zone at Royal Cornwall Show, which showcased the very best in social enterprise from right across the county. On top of that, we were doing demonstrations every day, making giant willow hearts, and teaching groups of visitors to make willow fish. We met some fantastic people doing very exciting work and the event was a great success.

Ways with Willow fish workshop at Royal Cornwall Show 2014

 

We all worked our socks off in the run-up to the show, developing our new willow kits, weaving dragonflies, hearts, fish and flowers to sell, and updating our website and marketing materials, nevertheless, we found some time to reflect – and get a little teary eyed – on how far we have come in such a short time.

Just over two years ago, Sian set up Ways with Willow as a community interest company to provide creative therapeutic opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Having escaped an abusive relationship and overcome mental health problems through the use of willow, Sian felt it was important that she used her own experiences to help others in similar situations. Back then, Sian was single-handedly providing willow craft courses and workshops.

 

“Working with willow helped me to rebuild my life after a very difficult time and seeing others smile after learning to make their own sculpture is more fulfilling and satisfying than any other job I have ever had” -	Sian Hill, CEO Ways with Willow

 

In just two years, we have grown to a team of six employees and many volunteers, and whilst the provision of courses and workshops remains a key aspect of our work, we have found ourselves working in many new areas, from wedding designs to our newest venture… willow kit production. And the more Ways with Willow develops, the more we offer people with physical and mental health problems or those from other disadvantaged groups.

This year, we’re tackling unemployment through our work programme for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, as well as inspiring vulnerable women to improve their confidence and move forwards in their lives through our volunteer training programme.

And in another two years..? At our current rate of growth, anything is possible. Ways with Willow has exceeded all expectations since it was founded and many Cornish people of all ages have, once again, become hooked on the traditional craft of willow weaving. Demand for our services is increasing and we’re very excited about what the future holds for Sian and her team, as well as the people we serve.

Ways with Willow, as always, is weaving a way forward…