Adult Education in Gloucestershire
We are now in our sixth year of working with Adult Education in Gloucestershire. For a number of years we have taken an integrated approach to this – offering courses in practical conservation to students at Ruskin Mill College and clients at Park House (day centre for people experiencing mental health difficulties). The work undertaken on these courses directly contributes to our biodiversity targets, meaning that we can offer exciting opportunities for these learners to make a real practical difference while learning in safe and supportive groups, and at their own pace. During this year, we have added similar courses for The Nelson Trust, a locally based charity which works with people with substance misuse problems. All three of these groups are given the time and support needed to help them learn new skills and take responsibility for their work. This leads to increased confidence and self-esteem, which in turn contributes to achieving individual personal, social and educational goals.