Adult Education work
We are committed to adult learning, which we deliver through events for the community as well as courses aimed at specific groups, such as young learners with learning difficulties from Ruskin Mill, and adults recovering from mental health problems and substance misuse. These courses are integrated into our management of greenspaces around the district and contribute significantly to biodiversity and habitat targets, as well as encourage learners to take ownership and responsibility for the environment in their local area.
Spring and autumn taster courses are designed to give participants a positive learning experience in a supportive environment. Work on the local greenspaces provides focus and offers instantly recognisable, tangible outcomes. The groups learn how to make hedgehog and bird boxes, plant wildflowers, bulbs and hedges to increase the sites’ biodiversity, as well as how to maintain meadows and hedges and what wildlife they support. Participants report that working in a small group in peaceful greenspaces increases their wellbeing and self-confidence, and helps them with their recovery. Everyone is given the opportunity to join one of SVP’s mainstream volunteering groups at the end of the course.