Grow Your Future programme
Grow Your Future is a series of structured 12-week learning and work experience programmes at our community gardens for adults and young people aged 16+ who face barriers to work and/or a disadvantage in the jobs market. The courses will develop practical skills alongside transferable skills such as communication, planning and organisation, in the development of confidence, self-esteem and aspirations – opening social/ work opportunities, and helping people move on into further learning, volunteering and employment.
If you or people you support would like to find out more, please come along to our open day on Thursday 23 January 2020 from 1pm to 3pm, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. (Parking available and good bus links.) There will be refreshments on offer, and a chance to look around the gardens and speak to members of our friendly team.
The courses are absolutely free, and designed to people of all ages and abilities, including: long-term unemployed, people with disabilities and long-term health conditions, young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), people aged 50+, socially isolated, carers, lone parents, homeless, people with mental health problems, people with learning disability, people with chaotic home life, refugees and asylum seekers.
The friendly group sessions will cover not only gardening and horticulture, but woodworking/ basic construction at ActivSheds, environmental conservation and beekeeping (optional), developing products for sale/ mini-enterprise as part of our community markets and events. The programme will also promote good physical and mental health, social inclusion, personal empowerment,
As a Careers Professional, I will provide personalised and group support to improve employability prospects including interactions with employers and further education providers.
Grow Your Future is funded by the European Social Fund and administered by LIFT Community Grants ‘Local Investment in Learning Paths to Work’.
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