Why spend your weekends relaxing when you could be running up and down cliffs for charity?
We're supporting EDP and a number of projects they run , such as The Hidden Gems project, which help people with an offending history and drug and alcohol problems to have a better future. We're taking on the South Devon Ultra Marathon (34 miles), Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10k for EDP. The runners are Nathan Risser, Graham Wilson, Liam Hartley and Marcus Faure.
Find out more about us on our Instagram page (@fournotsowisemen).
EDP wants more people to live fulfilling lives. They do this by working with individuals and communities so that they can change both harmful behaviours and harmful situations. They build on peoples’ strengths, on their hopes, aspirations and hidden talents. EDP has a positive history of working with people with drug and alcohol issues. We want a world where people are no longer blamed for their substance misuse, no longer socially excluded and are given support to take ownership of and rebuild their lives.
The Hidden Gems project is a friendly, social place for people who are out of work to come and learn creative and business skills which supports them into paid employment. Utilising surplus, unwanted, recycled and reclaimed materials participants learn how to work each material expertly to create beautiful handcrafted jewellery and other handicrafts. These are sold at fairs, pop up shops and retail venues across Exeter. Hidden Gems has an innovative partnership approach meaning that the work of participants is often showcased across the city, highlighted recently by the beautiful recycled copper remembrance poppies which had pride of place at Exeter cathedral during the commemorative services held for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Hidden Gems also offers wrap around business and employable skills with participants learning how to design packaging, market goods and sell their products both in shop and online. One recent participant Kay, began by learning how to work wool which developed into an online business selling miniature teddies. She has now branched out and sells jewellery to local shops as well. Coming along and getting creative has so many social and emotional benefits far beyond the skills learned and the products made.
“I like the chance to be creative and to learn and also the opportunity to mix with people” said Ali. “It gives me a destination. It gives me a reason to get out of the door. It makes me feel like I’m making a contribution”.