Bridgend’s Best Kept Secret is Revealed…

Posted: December 22, 2010 in Client News
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Newport-based specialist contractor, Dudley’s, has gone the extra mile by volunteering its services for the not-for-profit healing education centre, EcoDysgu-EcoLearn which is located near Tondu in Bridgend.  EcoDysgu is a unique community-driven centre offering a wide range of services. These include bunkhouse accommodation, volunteering opportunities and education, in addition to rehabilitation and healing programmes for people with social difficulties such as children and young people struggling in mainstream education and adults suffering from drug and alcohol addictions as well as mental health issues.

Set in 42 acres of beautiful countryside, EcoDysgu helps people dealing with social difficulties and bereavement, in addition to catering for those with serious addictions. The centre addresses such issues through specialist workshops and complementary therapies, where EcoDysgu’s unique model of education, encouraging personal creativity and communication, is put into practice. The picturesque 16-acre woodland, where many of these workshops take place, is beautifully complimented by hand crafted bridges and sculptures and unique furniture which are all produced on site by participants, using renewable materials. Hidden amongst the trees lie specially carved fairies, dragons and other mythical creatures creating a magical ambiance like no other.   The site also currently offers a charming café and an extraordinary meeting room which aims to encourage creativity and communication within business.

Simon Johnson, Sainbury’s Key Account Manager at Dudley’s says,

“After visiting EcoDysgu-EcoLearn we instantly wanted to help. The magnificent scenery makes it the perfect destination for holiday makers, yet we could instantly see areas that needed work in order for the centre to be a success. Unlike many tourist attractions, EcoDysgu has a unique ingredient, in that all profits go towards supporting people with social and physiological problems.  We have committed to help the project and hope that the work we complete on site will be a great advantage to the centre and, ultimately, to all those who benefit from the unique education and healing processes that are delivered there.”

The specialist contractor is currently undergoing work on a local Sainsbury’s store and is planning to contribute to EcoDysgu by transforming Ministry of Defence buildings, originally used for war-time bomb production, into art studios, fixing the roof of the farmhouse cottage and fitting ovens and sinks into the bunk house so that the organisation can offer weekend break accommodation. In addition, with the help of Dudley’s, EcoDysgu hopes to develop its tourism function by creating self-catering accommodation and a shop and gallery to display and sell the products made by the people who attend the unique workshops that take place on site.

Dudley’s started work at Eco Dysgu Week commencing 22nd November.

Julie Lyddon, founder of EcoDysgu says:

“The support that Dudley’s is offering has amazed us, we are so very grateful.  EcoDysgu has a magic of its own, over 5,000 participants have benefitted from our ‘Learning to Heal – Healing to Learn’ model of education, lives have been transformed.  As a voluntary sector organisation with insufficient funding, it takes time to reach our planned self sustainability. We have therefore kept a low profile as the need for our services is high.  The day Simon Johnson arrived at EcoDysgu it was obvious that he understood the need, the benefits and the huge amount we have already achieved.  The contractor’s skills and expertise are invaluable and we hope that, with their help, we can gain the financial aid we require in order to continue to provide our unique model of education to those who greatly need our support. With Dudley’s help, Bridgend’s best kept secret can now be shared, we  feel it is time to let others experience the magic and benefits the centre and its surroundings has to offer.  Thank you Dudley’s!”


For further information, please contact:

Cerys Palmer

Senior PR Account Manager


02920 549597

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