Port Talbot Learning Hub – 17 months on from our launch! | Adult Learning Wales

Port Talbot Learning Hub – 17 months on from our launch!


Back on 7th October 2021, Adult Learning Wales celebrated the launch of its ‘Port Talbot Learning Hub’ at the Addison Road Workshops in Port Talbot, with a day of celebration and community gathering. In the intervening 17 months, much has happened at the Hub, in terms of curriculum and learner growth, as well as developments with the ‘Carpentry for All’ Branch, which operates from the site. New external partnerships have been formed with a variety of local and national organisations, and to give a flavour of what has been happening, we thought we’d share an update alongside our learners, who have been keen to provide feedback on their experiences!

‘Carpentry for All’ Branch

Membership continues to grow at pace, with classes being held 2 full days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays and 2 evenings per week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Members travel from across the county and beyond, to work on a variety of woodwork and woodcarving projects, as well as learning about pyrography, and using their skills to decorate wood in free-hand style. Whilst ‘woodwork, carving and carpentry’ lies at the heart of the provision at the Hub, members have been very keen to also join a series of ‘Flower Arranging Workshops’ which have proved a huge success, attracting new members to the Branch as a result.

 Examples of Members’ work:

Robert Ferris began with the Branch at its inception in 1980, along with Trevor Cross. At that time they did ceramics and carving. It replaced fishing as a hobby. Robert makes love spoons and used to sell them at St Fagan’s Museum.