By Jessica Leary, Westlakes Recruit
Now six months into its site development, The Goodlives Project aims to support the community by providing experience and volunteering opportunities in growing fresh produce.
The project, which is based at Westlakes Science Park, will enable individuals who have difficulty gaining employment to work on the allotment on their own or as part of a larger group, allowing them to engage as much or as little as they feel able to.
The site now includes a greenhouse, poly tunnel, hand dug compost bays and designated seating areas, which sit amongst a leaf bay design.
The Goodlives Project is just one of the projects run by Home to Work, a charity founded to support the local and wider community in building economic growth by encouraging the economically inactive to re-engage, with the aim of getting people back into work, training and education.
Alongside the work and education benefits, the project will also produce health and wellbeing benefits for learners from working outdoors, exercising and eating fresh food.
Karen Jones, Managing Director of Home to Work, shared other benefits of the project: “For some, the idea of joining a group and working in an indoor facility will be very much more daunting than working outside, with support, in this project.”
Karen further explained that the site is continuously developing, however funding and labour is needed in order to welcome learners to the site.
Home to Work additionally hosts the Skills 4 You project, which was also set up to meet the needs of the rising number of unemployed people in Copeland.
Skills 4 You enables learners to actively engage in a work setting to gain practical skills, offering workshops in food and nutrition, personal and social development, woodwork, craft and upcycling.
Some of the issues they support include drug and alcohol dependency, gambling addictions, generational unemployment, social isolation, agoraphobia, anxiety and depression.
Over its various projects, Home to Work employs 14 staff, 10 seasonal workers and works with up to five volunteers.
Home to Work have an open-door policy for adults who are unemployed, socially isolated or have a health or mental health issue. To find out more about the support on offer, please contact email@example.com
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