In January 2015, Green Synergy was awarded a grant from the European Social Fund, co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency and administered by Futures. The grant enabled us to deliver a new initiative in partnership with Developmentplus.
The ‘Stepping Stones Garden Project’ which finished June 2015, worked with twenty beneficiaries who were all unemployed and many of whom suffer with mental and physical health conditions, social exclusion, discrimination, learning difficulties and low self-esteem. The Project, led by Paul Ievins, and delivered at Developmentplus provided weekly gardening sessions to help break down barriers to work and learning through an informal approach to volunteering and vocational (horticultural) training. By providing a friendly, supportive and accepting environment the project also helped participants gain confidence, make friends and learn transferrable skills for work and life.