You never know what you can do until you try…
Paul moved to in with SLSW Carers Brian and Sheila Baker about four years ago and it is fair to say he had his challenges, but with a little bit of encouragement and support, he gradually discovered he was interested in woodwork.
In the last two years he has help build Brian and Sheila’s new home which is made from a timber frame with straw bale inserts.
During this time Paul learned some basic skills and realised he enjoyed working with wood, and later decided he would like to learn more. He enlisted with the college in Penzance and attended part time classes there.
The instructor was impressed with Paul’s enthusiasm and his hard work, doing many tasks at home between classes. Paul recently took his first exam and passed with 93%, a great achievement.
Paul has applied to do a full time course in joinery and is waiting to learn if this will be in Penzance or if he will need to travel to Truro for the course.
He is pictured with one of the projects he had to complete during his course, a rather complex task.
Some people have said it would make a great guinea pig house, but Paul said:“I am not having any guinea pigs messing up my house!”
Paul has now offered to make a Wendy house to go in the playground for Brian and Sheila’s grandchildren, this could turn out to be a pretty cool Wendy house.
Well done Paul and good luck in your next course. Building is a great profession to get into, people always need somewhere to live.