Green Synergy – New Gardening Project for 2017

Green Synergy have just started creating a garden, growing area and wildlife trail at their Hillside site adjacent to Lincoln County Hospital.

This site will help to deliver the BBO MOVE project. This project is funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Fund and is aimed at providing help for people to get back into paid work.

Green Synergy will deliver a tailor-made project of informal training and supported volunteering, focused around gardening. The informal horticultural training programme will follow a seasonal timetable, making full use of the Hillside garden site. Participants will gain an all-round basic knowledge of horticulture including: preparing soil for sowing and planting; propagation of plants; planting and establishing plants; identification of a range of common garden plants; management of weeds pests and diseases, garden maintenance tasks such as mowing lawns and trimming hedging and managing areas for wildlife. They will also learn about health and safety and maintenance of tools and equipment.

Depending on the specific needs of each individual participant, the training activities will either be delivered in small groups or on a one-to-one basis.

Green Synergy is part of a network of 24 partner organisations involved in the BBO MOVE project, working together across the whole of Lincolnshire. These partnerships will allow participants to benefit from a wide range of skills and activities which will help them get back into paid work.

Participants will join Green Synergy for 2 days a week working at the Hillside garden on Mondays and Wednesdays and time will be allocated during these sessions to mentor and assist each participant with setting goals and accessing ‘My Work Search’, an online employment skills, training and job search programme. Green Synergy will assist participants in finding employment and support them in liaising with potential employers.

To be eligible for joining us on the BBO MOVE project four criteria must be met by the participant:

  1. They must be unemployed or economically inactive
  2. They must be legally eligible to live and work in the UK
  3. They are aged over 18 unless they meet the NEET criteria
  4. They cannot be receiving support from any other ESF-funded project

For further information please contact Ian Birch, Senior Project Officer: ian@greensynergy.org.uk.