Project helps people get back to work
Published by Katie for Cross Keys Homes in Housing and also in Communities
A celebration event has been held to reward a group of unemployed volunteers who have helped to transform the Olive Branch Community Allotment in Dogsthorpe.
Green Skills, run by Groundwork, the community charity with a green heart, was given funding by Cross Keys Homes to run this three week successful project helping not only enhance the local allotment but also enable the group to gain valuable work experience, practical skills, build up their confidence and gain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) health and safety card.
All of the volunteers who took the CSCS exam passed enabling them to progress employment opportunities in the construction sector.
12 volunteers were involved in the project, shifting 30 cubic metres of bark and 4.5 tonnes of soil to make room for planters and a rain water harvester helping to save approximately 6,000 litres of water per year.
Cross Keys Homes’ Employability and Options Manager, Cindy Cottis, said: “This project has been a great success and we are really pleased to have been able to help these volunteers learn practical skills and gain a recognised qualification.
“Some of the group have already gone on to find employment which is great news and shows that these types of practical projects really do work in helping people to find jobs.”
Chris Dungate, Groundwork’s employment manager, added: “It’s fantastic to see the group celebrate their achievements with Groundwork, Cross Keys Homes and some of the allotment sites’ volunteers. We are also delighted to see that some have already progressed into employment, which is precisely what we aim to do.
“We will continue to stay in contact with the group to support them in what they decide to do next. The improvement in the site is remarkable and it is very rewarding to see the raised beds they constructed are already being used by local residents.”