For additional details of our projects across Blaenau Gwent, search for ‘Growing Space’ on Dewis Cymru or Infoengine
“Working in the Community Garden enables people to gain new knowledge of local natural places, and the encouragement for many to move on to gain a formal qualification” Terry, Supervisor
Growing Space - Hafod Deg
Our project at Rhymney is located in the grounds of Hafod Deg Resource Centre. On this site participants are involved in horticulture therapy, working in the open ground, but also in the polytunnel. Classroom based activities include a range of accredited and non-accredited training, which covers a range of horticulture, vocational and employability skills.
A woodwork project also runs during the week that encompasses carpentry skills within the gardens in a specially adapted workshop. Participants also get involved in upcycling products.
Some of the items are made for sale.
Growing Space - Ty-Siriol
Our horticulture project is located on St Martins Road, half a mile from Caerphilly town centre. Participants can access a wide range of training opportunities on this site, where you will find them working in the log cabin and commercial poly tunnel.
Creative arts sessions are run in the building, in addition to garden activities.
Growing Space Shop - Blackwood
Our social enterprise shop at Blackwood showcases the creativity and talents of participants from across our GS projects.
- garden items
- paint supplies and upcycled items
- homeware and unique gifts
- handcrafted gifts
Participants are involved in all aspects of running the shop, which includes creating product displays and serving customers. This provides valuable customer service and retail experience, alongside accredited qualifications. This is a great opportunity for developing confidence, communication and employability.
Upstairs we hold weekly sessions to support individuals with mental ill health, autism or a learning disability to build their confidence and help to develop socials skills and quality of life through therapeutic training, vocational skills and creativity.