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Waste not want not, say Newhaven students

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What can you create from material washed up on Newhaven beach?

That’s what students showed visitors at a Zero Waste exhibition at the Newhaven campus of Sussex Downs College this week.

The course started in February, finishes next week and is aimed at young people aged 16-24 who were NEET (not in education, employment or training) in the Newhaven area.

It supports them to learn practical carpentry skills in the workshop, how to use woodworking tools, learn about recycling and health and safety, life skills and confidence building and they are provided with support to move onto further education, training or work.

On the course they collected materials from Newhaven beach, such as drift wood and pallet boards, and then created a range of products such as bird tables, benches, tables, key-rings, sculptures and paintings using saw-dust, mirrors, clocks, shelves and more.

These were to be sold to the public in the exhibition on Monday and Tuesday, which helped to develop their enterprise skills.

It also gave them an opportunity to showcase their achievements to the public, family and friends.

It is aimed to run the course again in September. Contact Camilla on 030 300 38784.

 

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