Tredegar House And Park
Tredegar House/ Coomassie Street/ Clytha House and Kensington Court (covers the Newport and Monmouth area)
We are currently delivering the following qualifications at Tredegar House, Clytha House, Coomassie Street Woodworking Training Centre and Kensington Court;
• ASDAN Bronze
• ESW AON
• ESW COMM
• ESW ICT
• Entry Level BTEC Award for it Users ITQ
• Entry Level BTEC Certificate for it Users ITQ
• Level 1 BTEC Awards for IT Users
• Level 1 and 2 BTEC Certificate for IT Users
• Level 1 and 2 BTEC Diploma for IT Users
• Workskills Award
• Workskills Certificate
• BTEC Entry Level Level 1 Award/Cert in Sustainability Skills
• BTEC Level 1 Award/Cert in Sustainability Skills
• Wider key skills these include, improve your own learning, working with others and problem solving.
• BTEC level 1 Land Based Studies
• BTEC level 1 Construction
• EdXL Work Skills
We currently have 139 clients on programme at present at the above centres for horticulture and woodwork. We also provide a formal work based learning programme which our clients can sign up to as part of their personal development plans. This includes personally tailored training in agreed key skill areas and confidence building.
We also have developed a fully integrated progression route to ensure a seamless journey for our participants.
Section 64 2013 - ongoing
The overall aim of this programme, beyond support and progression for the participants themselves, is to test and develop a collaborative model of service delivery which keeps skills and employment in focus throughout. We aim to deliver a successful programme through a partnership comprising a larger environmental/sustainable living charity working on the mental health agenda ; a small, local mental health charity with an environmental/sustainable living agenda (Growing Space); and a private sector training agency concerned to support and progress the more vulnerable individuals in Wales by all feasible routes (ACT/Learnabout) into training and employment.
All participants are engaged in the following activities;
• Horticultural Training
• Woodwork and Carpentry skills
• ICT Training
• Commercial plant and food growing
• Estate maintenance
All activities are delivered and designed in full consultation with service users and is delivered across Wales
Plant to Plate
This Project is being funded through a partnership between Oxfam and The Cooperative Group and has developed a new allotment site within the laundry area of Tredegar House. The project is delivered by Growing Space in partnership with Duffryn Community Link, the National Trust.
Working closely with the families engaged through the Oxfam Sustainable Livelihoods Project in Duffryn, the project has firmly linked planting and growing to healthy food intakes, recipes and food preparation. The project has increased the uptake of the Food Co-operative by residents of Duffryn and to promote awareness of growing own food and the link from ‘plant 2 plate’.
• In recent weeks we have seen an increase in uptake of the food co-op in Duffryn as several participants have started to place regular orders as they have begun to recognise the benefits of fresh food and the value offered by the food co-op.
• Working with local businesses we have built a relationship recently with Insurance Company, Go Compare who donated proceeds from fundraising to help purchase portable cookers and equipment for use in the community. Demonstrations so far have included a stand at a Summer Fun Day in Duffryn where we made courgette fritters with a yoghurt and mint dip, preparing and tasting mixed salads and herbs at Tredegar House, and healthy soups made from allotment produce for World Food Day in October 2013. Participants are currently planning a Christmas celebration to which they will invite local community volunteers, children from the local school, staff and clients of Growing Space, The National Trust and Go Compare.
Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen
The Blaenau Gwent Project for Mental Health/BGPMH provides flexible opportunities engaging unemployed/economically inactive individuals with work limiting health mental health conditions. Growing Space is delivering in partnership with Learn and Grow and Learn About to complement another similar Engagement Gateway project that has been submitted in the other Convergence areas. Over 25% of unemployed/economically inactive people have a mental health condition and represent one of the most marginalised groups furthest from employment and mainstream programmes i.e. FE, Jobcentre Plus (not the Work Programme), Welsh Government (Work Based Learning), local authorities and others.
Growing Space is delivering this project peripatetically within disadvantaged communities, especially Communities First wards, within settings familiar to participants where they are most likely to engage thus removing many barriers to engagement; travel issues, caring responsibilities, apathy and fear of unfamiliar surroundings.
We have focussed on environmental projects and currently we are delivering at the following sites;
• Gelli-Grug allotments in Cwmtillery
• Tai Calon Tree Nursery in Brynmawr
• Maes y Derwen in Tredegar
Growing Space has partnered with grass-root agencies like Communities First and specialist support groups; charities and voluntary sector specialists/interest groups and agencies for mental health including; the Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Social Services. Inputs/activities have been client led determined by participants.
The Caerphilly New Start Programme is a new programme for Growing Space and has been developed in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council and the Communities First Mental Health Team
The programme is designed as a stepping stone into the countryside management, horticulture or construction industries, our experience from conservation training over many years is that the process of training, team working, and improved fitness levels makes people suitable for a range of employment. Employers are seeking general employability skills, like team work and communication.
The project has now developed its infrastructure with the sites at Risca and Hafod Deg (Rhymney) completed. We are using these grounds to provided opportunities for a wide range of training tasks, and participants will be outside of the distractions of their every day environment, making it easier to work as a team and focus on the training and work experience.
The Bright Horizons Club will deliver interventions to develop Confidence and Motivation to return to work
In order to build up confidence and motivation to return to the workplace Growing Space is delivering various activities e.g., CV building, positive role models, interview techniques and the benefits of going out to work for your own and your families self-esteem.
Growing Space has integrated ICT and job search into the club which give learners a qualification in ICT and a full knowledge in how to job search through a variety of internet sources e.g. Fish 4 Jobs, Indeed, Monster, Direct.Gov, Gumtree etc. This is due to us working in partnership with ACT/Learn About and teaching learners how to navigate through these sites.
Growing Space has done extensive work with various employers, Unions and Community programmes and training providers to build up an effective communication courses to enable the clients to communicate appropriately through C.V, application forms, telephone techniques and face to face communications.
The Club delivers for 2 days per week with up to six people per session.
The Van team is a project that gives our clients a real work experience. It is run as a commercial venture that deliver garden and estate maintenance across Newport City Homes housing stock.
The service is primarly delivered to elderly residents of Newport City Homes who can no longer maintain their green spaces.
The van is run by volunteers who have completed their Landbased BTEC qualification at our horticulture project at Tredegar House. There are presently 8 volunteers along with the Van Team Supervisor.
Since 1998 the team has been staffed by Paul Corrigan a former client.
The feedback from the tenants is extremely positive and since April 2013 to date over 125 gardens has been completed.
Growing Space has now fully expanded its provision to be a Gwent wide service in line with the ABHB plan to develop a more efficient Third Sector service. The increase in geographical coverage only begun in August and from the outputs listed above is already proving the effectiveness of Growing Space’s intervention model.