Monday 21st September – Friday 25th September


Monday 28th September – Friday 2nd October


A farm in West Dorset. More details will be given if you’re offered a place on this course.

Course Details











Seven participants will attend a five-day course and three full-day sessions where they will learn additional skills and advice on future training, employment, or business start-up opportunities.

Participants will be prototyping a new tiny home design and, when completed, the tiny house will be donated to a homelessness charity to provide accommodation for a rough sleeper.

By the end of the course, participants will have explored all the basic elements of creating a tiny house, including:

  • Basic building design and understanding the advantages of different layouts
  • An introduction to timber growing and selection for construction uses
  • Building a simple stud frame for a building approx 2.55m x 5m.
  • Building a roof
  • Cladding and insulating the walls
  • Installing windows and doors
  • Using hand tools safely and working as a team.

Following the Tiny Home course, participants will be supported to explore options for further training in construction and carpentry or advised on possible employment opportunities.


Karen Hansen, A furniture designer and constructor who has worked with natural materials in West Dorset for 25 years.

Alice Blogg, One of the country’s foremost female designers in wood

Adrian Janssen

James McClennan

Course Leader: Tim Crabtree, The founder of a number of local social enterprises including Dorset’s farmers’ markets, the Local Food Links school meals service, Dorset Community Energy, and Bridport Area Development Trust

Who can apply








The course will offer skills, training, and employment opportunities for individuals who are unemployed, economically inactive, or changing career path.

In particular, this course is for people:

  • Over 50 years of age
  • With a disability
  • Who are black, Asian and minority ethnic
  • Those who identify as female
  • Who live in rural areas or isolated pockets in urban areas who face barriers to employment

You must live within Dorset (this includes Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole).

For further information and eligibility, contact Tim Crabtree on tim.crabtree@wessexca.co.uk

How to apply


Visit  https://wessexca.co.uk/2020/07/tiny-home-course-in-september-apply-now/ and fill out the form

If you have any issues or require the form in another format please contact Tim Crabtree on tim.crabtree@wessexca.co.uk

Deadline Noon on Tuesday 1st September, 2020

This programme is linked to the Raise the Roof project. Bridport Town Council, Common Ground and the Arts Development Company are working with Assemble Studio and Wessex Community Assets to create designs for affordable housing using sustainable materials grown in Dorset.

Wessex Community Assets has secured course funding through Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership under a scheme called Community Training Grants, which is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF).