Inspiring, therapeutic environments in city farms and community gardens.

Registered Charity 1153883 / Company Number 8399741

Growing the community, together

Are you currently out of work and looking for an opportunity to gain skills and qualifications around gardening and landscaping? You may be interested in joining our Move or Steps Forward project.

The MOVE project is led by Lincolnshire Voluntary Centre Services and is funded by the European Social Fund bringing together 24 partners to engage with participants who are not in education, work or training and are experiencing barriers to employment. These may include physical or mental health issues, financial problems, addiction, homelessness, family problems, social isolation or a combination of these

MOVE and Steps Forward are two projects that we deliver as part of a Lincolnshire-wide consortium programme, funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery. 

BBO Move runs 3 times a week from our community garden and gives participants the opportunity to gain practical gardening skills, knowledge and experience, in a caring, inclusive setting with wrap around 1-1 mentoring and advocacy support.   As part of this project you will be offered the opportunity to gain a qualification in Brushcutting and Strimming as well as building on other skills you have.

The Steps Forward Project is like MOVE but supports people who are economically inactive and are less ready or able to work. Therefore, our engagement with Steps Forward beneficiaries’ is more bespoke than MOVE. We offer individual, tailor-made, supported, volunteering opportunities designed around people’s interests and needs. Outside of the garden sessions, this could include, for example, developing someone’s administration skills, whilst simultaneously supporting them to overcome their anxiety. The outcomes for this project are broader than MOVE, to reflect people’s wider needs; they also include supporting people into actively searching for jobs. The expectation is that participants on this project will be with us longer.

 The sessions for BBO MOVE & Steps Forward run every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday between 9:30am & 1pm and are held at Hillside Community Garden.

How to join this Project

People may refer themselves or be referred onto MOVE or Step Forwards by another service. To access the project, you must be unemployed and over 17 and need to evidence they are not working. If you would like to find out more please email or call 01522 533077.