Gwent Wide

Many of our projects are delivered across Gwent, where some are based in one location but operate as part of a Hub and Spoke model of delivery

Creating a New Pathway to Support your Mental Health

 

This contract for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, provides opportunities for referrals from primary and secondary mental health services.  Participants referred to us can engage with our projects delivering Connecting to Nature, Taster Activities and Creative Arts.  Some of this work is in partnership with Sgiliau, and will be delivered in both hospital and community settings.  See a sample of activities here 

We have the following Gwent Wide Educational & Vocational Officers:

Adrian Thomas - adrian@growingspace.org.uk

Jeni Harper - jeni@growingspace.org.uk

Sian Hanlon - sian@growingspace.org.uk

Simon Mitchell - simon@growingspace.org.uk

No More Barriers 

​This project is delivered across Gwent, and has 2 strands to it:

Consultation – Growing Space provides supported employment opportunities for our Gwent Ambassadors who are individuals with a learning disability.  Their role involves engaging with individuals with a learning disability, staff and organisations across Gwent to report on what matters to people, what is working and what needs more work in Gwent.   

Employment – our employment model is for people with mental health, autism or a learning disability.  This provides support to break down the barriers to employment, and provides a bespoke, planned journey towards employment opportunities.   Referrals into this project can have support with developing a CV, and work related qualifications, and help with supported volunteering, supported work placements, and supported employment. 

Currently this team provides supported work placements in each of our social enterprise schemes at Brynmawr Paint Shop, Happy Cwtch Café and Tredegar House Shop.

​Support Worker – Sally-Ann Spicer:  sally@growingspace.org.uk

Support Worker – Rachel Parker: rachelParker@growingspace.org.uk

Ambassador Support - Rachel Parker: rachelParker@growingspace.org.uk

Travel Buddy Scheme 

This project is delivered across Gwent, and has 2 strands to it:

Travel Buddy Trainer – Growing Space offers paid supported employment to individuals with a learning disability, autism or mental health who are confident in using public transport.  Travel Buddies on this project are paid on a sessional basis, at the National Living Wage to provide a peer mentor role in supporting independent travellers wanting to gain experience and confidence in travelling on their own.  Travel Buddies go through a training plan, and are individually matched to those referring in for support with travel. ​

Independent Traveller – Many individuals with a learning disability, autism or mental health are not confident in using public transport on their own, but want to learn to be more independent.  Individuals who refer in to this service for support are buddied with a Travel Buddy, who trains them, and supports them to become more confident with travelling independently.

This is a bespoke service and therefore the number of sessions required varies.

Project Co-ordinator – Sadie Rogers:  sadie@growingspace.org.uk

Two of our Gwent Ambassadors reviewing an Arts Therapy service, as part of their supported employment role

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