Greenfields Ccommunity Housing's ‘Green Team’ Create Communal Shurb Beds to be Maintained by Local Residents
Published by Donata Rio for Greenfields Community Housing in Housing
Residents in the town of Braintree, Essex, have agreed to maintain and water shrub beds provided by a group of unemployed pre-apprentices called the ‘Green Team’.
The ‘Green Team’ was formed earlier this year to work on outdoor projects across the district as part of a new pre-apprenticeship programme. The project is funded by Greenfields Community Housing and Braintree District Council and it is divided into two cohorts – the first being from May to August 2013. Five 16-23 year olds take part in each cohort and local environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork Hertfordshire, is leading on the project.
Ann Woods, a Greenfields tenant fromBraintreeand said: “The shrub beds look fantastic and it will be nice to work with my neighbours to make sure that they stay that way. Thank you to Greenfields, Groundwork and the Council for letting us get involved with the Green Team project.”
During the 16-week placement, the Green Team gain a number of different important skills. These include: experience in hard and soft landscaping (planting bulbs, turfing, paving and concreting, garden maintenance, putting up fencing and treating timber), gaining a qualification in Land Based Studies, City and Guilds Level 1, and training which includes First Aid, CV-writing and telephone manners.
Lyn Lucas, Neighbourhood coordinator at Greenfields, said: “This is a fantastic way to help to enhance our communities and help young people to get back into employment. I will be working with the group of residents—along with local schools—to further improve the area and expand on the good work completed during this project.”
Councillor Chris Siddall, Cabinet Member for Prosperity and Growth at Braintree District Council, said: “We are really pleased to have introduced this exciting scheme for the district which has a proven track record in helping turn around the lives of unemployed young people in other parts of theUK. For the past 16 weeks, participants have had the opportunity to gain a range of skills, a nationally-recognised qualification and have worked on a fantastic range of improvement projects such as this one inLancaster Way.”
Chris Dungate, Employment Manager from Groundwork Hertfordshire, said: “The team has worked hard on various sites across the district.Lancaster Wayprovided the team with some challenging work, as well as opportunities to be assessed for their qualification. We are confident that the members will have gained the skills and qualifications to move on into employment or further learning after the course.”
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Notes to editors:
< Greenfields has three offices in the district; Greenfields House inBraintree, Halstead Area Office and Witham Area Office
< Greenfields is a Community Gateway association, meaning that residents can be involved in many aspects of the organisation that affect their homes and communities
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