Growing Space volunteers - Mardy Park

"I really enjoy working with our Ambassadors, and watching them grow in confidence.

 

It is brilliant to see that they are comfortable in speaking to any member of the public at our events and our meetings" 

 

Rachel, Learning Disability Support Worker

"Sammy has done brilliantly at being a Travel Buddy Trainer, he knows the route from Cwmbran town to Upper Cwmbran like the back of his hand.

 

He knows how to get to the Centre easily and is a great asset to the Travel Buddy project"

Sadie, Travel Buddy Co-ordinator

Monmouthshire

For additional details of our projects across Monmouthshire, search for ‘Growing Space’ on Dewis Cymru or Infoengine

 

Horticulture - Mardy Park

Our horticulture project is based in the grounds of Mardy Park Resource Centre, in Abergavenny.  The project is easily accessed via a pathway suitable for disabled access.  Participants are involved in horticultural therapy and training, in the open ground, in a commercial polytunnel, or in the log cabin. Classroom based activities include a range of accredited and non-accredited training, which covers a range of horticulture, vocational and employability skills.

A wide range of participants from the local community attend this project, including those with mental health, learning and/or physical disabilities. 

Supervisor - Jim Quinn:  jim@growingspace.org.uk

Supervisor – Rachel Embury:  rachelEmbury@growingspace.org.uk 

 

Horticulture - Overmonnow Family Learning Centre

Our horticulture project is based in the grounds of Overmonnow Family Learning Centre, in Monmouth.  Participants attending the project are involved in horticultural therapy and training, which includes a range of accredited and non-accredited horticulture, vocational and employability skills.

Supervisor – Rachel Embury:  rachelEmbury@growingspace.org.uk 

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Horticulture - Maindiff Court Hospital

 

Our horticulture project is based in the grounds of Maindiff Court Hospital, Abergavenny.  Participants on wards are involved in horticultural therapy through working in the polytunnels, raised beds and allotment.  This is an opportunity for patients to get outside, do some gardening, get some horticultural experience, and enjoy the many benefits of being out in nature.

Supervisor – Jim Quinn:  jim@growingspace.org.uk

Learning to Grow - WEFO

The project supports people aged 25+ with mental health conditions, who are long term unemployed.  The project helps participants to build new work-related skills through hands-on horticulture, woodwork, IT and craft activities. Participants will also have a work-based learning programme, which will lead to accreditation in job-related skills. 

The aim is to improve mental and physical well-being by encouraging a collaborative approach to environmental and learning activities. This will  help motivate and provide a purposeful daily routine leading to participants taking control of, and responsibility for, achieving their own wellbeing, staying independent and ultimately gaining sustainable employment.

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

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