Riverside's Volunteering Programme Goes Green
Published by Joanne McNally for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Volunteers pictured with Your Place Team and Employment & Training Officer, Phil McNabb
Riverside, one of Hull’s leading housing providers, is committed to helping raise the prosperity of their tenants and residents. Our aim is to help local people access employment and training opportunities within their communities by delivering local programmes and projects.
The North Bransholme estate has a lot of green space and last year’s bad winter affected the landscaping programme on the estate, which had fallen behind slightly. As a result a local employment event was held to recruit local people onto a 12 week volunteering programme, with a view to gaining qualifications and experience in gardening and horticulture.
From the thirty tenants and residents who expressed an initial interest in the programme, eight were selected through a specifically adapted recruitment process aimed at volunteers. The twelve week programme commenced this week, with the volunteers working two days a week on the North Bransholme estate gaining training and experience of hedge trimming, mowing, litter picking, removal of graffiti, as well as other specialist projects. The volunteers are supervised by the Your Place team and the training and assessment is provided on the job by Hull City Training in order to gain an ONC in Gardening and Horticulture.
As well as being provided with the relevant protective personal equipment, which they can keep at the end of the programme, the volunteers are provided with a free bus pass and free lunch for the duration of the programme.
Phil McNabb, employment and training officer said “ this is a great opportunity for local people to gain a qualification and work experience, as well as giving something back to their local area.”
He added “Hopefully at the end of the programme the volunteers will find suitable employment and this training and experience will place them in a better position with future employers.”