DCRS 2003 to 2012
The DCRS training site at West Farm Barn was the hub of promoting rural crafts through the center's extensive training programme. The Centre was converted from an agricultural barn in 2003 with partial help from a Chalk & Cheese grant towards the building work.
Keeping Rural Skills Alive
DCRS promotes traditional skills and crafts through courses, but it also aims to support the local people working in these trades. During this period Emsie Sharp's glassblowing studio was based at the centre, and all the course tutors are experts in their craft working full-time either from their own studios or in the field. As well as new skills, the people that come on courses leave with an appreciation of that craft and the time and skill it takes to create pieces from hand.
Sustainable and traditional building both rely on local materials and local people making them truly sustainable. Thoughout this period DCRS increased the profile of straw bale building techniques and use of lime through its courses, industry CPD's and publicity campaign including national and local newspapers, radio and television. Rob has been pioneering modern straw bale building techniques since the Centre opened and DCRS runs successful straw bale building courses throughout the year.
The Sustainable Building Resource Centre was funded from 2006 to 2008 through Chalk & Cheese to educate people about sustainable building materials and make them accessible in the area.
Not for Profit
DCRS has many aims, but profit isn't one of them. The Centre was initially funded to convert the building, but did not receive further subsidies or funding. The Centre achieved The Social Enterprise Mark in 2009 and was one of the first organisations to do so.
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