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Green Skills returns to Peterborough thanks to Cross Keys Homes


Published by Katie for Cross Keys Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Environment

Volunteers involved in the project Volunteers involved in the project

Following a successful run in 2013, Green Skills returns to Peterborough thanks to Peterborough’ to help another group of local residents to boost their skills, experience and confidence thanks to funding from Peterborough’s largest housing association.

Green Skills is run by Groundwork, the community charity with a green heart, and starts this week at Olive Branch Community Allotment in Dogsthorpe. As with the previous Green Skills in Peterborough, Groundwork has partnered with and received funding from Cross Keys Homes to run this project.

For the next three weeks, the group of volunteers will spend two days a week on a practical project at a community allotment site constructing a rain water harvester and a communal area. Not only will they gain valuable work experience skills, they’ll also work towards the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) health & safety card, which will allow them to work in the construction sector.

Chris Dungate, Groundwork’s Employment Manager, said: “We’re really pleased to be giving more residents the skills they need to get into work – it’s great to be working with Cross Keys Homes again. We’re already looking forward to seeing the community enjoying the group’s work at the allotment.”

Cross Keys Homes’ Employability and Options Manager, Cindy Cottis, added: “We are really pleased to be working with Green Skills once again to help many more people in Peterborough learn practical skills and gain a recognised qualification.

“We hope this project will help the young people involved to go on and find suitable employment opportunities thanks to the new skills and CSCS card they will achieve as well as create a great communal facility at the community allotment site for all to enjoy.”

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