Green Synergy has started a new ‘Stepping Stones Garden Project’ on Monday afternoons from 2-4.30pm at Development Plus.
This project will provide supported gardening sessions for unemployed people from disadvantaged and hard to reach communities within Lincoln. The weekly sessions will provide a friendly, social setting where people can come together to learn about gardening in an informal, accessible way. Participants will also learn valuable skills for life, volunteering and work such as time management, team-working, independent working, communication, working to good-practice standards, health and safety and self- confidence.
The Project Leader will plan the sessions to ensure they encompass the above whilst also following a seasonal gardening calendar enabling beneficiaries to learn basic horticulture skills including: soil preparation; seed sowing; plant care; pest and disease management; fruit, vegetable, salad and herb growing. At the end of the project participants will receive a certificate of attendance and a reference.
To be eligible to join the project all potential beneficiaries must be: people who are unemployed or inactive in the labour market, but are entitled to work in the UK, aged 19 years and over who are from the hardest to reach communities and who have difficulty accessing mainstream provision.
Priority Groups include:
- People with disabilities and health conditions.
- Lone parents.
- People aged 50 and over.
- People from ethnic minorities.