This project is creating a traditional crafts community at Kensley Shed, based within the Forest of Dean, helping and engaging with disadvantaged groups. This includes those who are unemployed, vulnerable, are undertaking offender rehabilitation programmes, have additional needs and those who may be lonely and isolated. We also work with children who have been removed from the conventional education system. The New Leaf Social Forestry Project aims to make Kensley Shed a 'safe space' for social interaction and to learn new skills with no judgement or pressure.
The project will also create Community Work Placements for young adults and youths who have offended, providing reparative work that is of benefit to the community, along with Voluntary Community Work Placements for unemployed young people who wish to train, to allow them to earn credits towards their training and to provide the opportunity for those that have completed the training to deploy their new skills and gain experience. The various trainees will develop an understanding of issues relating to conservation, sustainability and heritage as they complete practical skills working in the Forest.
The New Leaf project aims to engage with Gloucestershire’s hardest-to-reach, most vulnerable unemployed and financially-excluded adults and young people, who face multiple barriers to employment or training.
We deliver training and provide work experience placements in traditional woodland management and conservation skills in areas of woodland allocated by the Forestry Commission in the Forest of Dean. Our model of delivery for the New Leaf programme, is designed to utilise the therapeutic impact of working in the green environment to revive traditional craft skills and form a learning community network.
We will also be introducing specific interventions designed to promote the development of inter-personal and work-place problem-solving, as well as team-building activities, providing a framework for stability and rehabilitation for participants with complex needs, underpinning our pre-employment objectives and preparing participants for referral to our Voluntary Community Work Placements (VCWP).
Working together with referring agencies such as Jobcentre Plus, Forwards, Learndirect, Prospects and Community prescription Teams in the Forest and throughout Gloucestershire. Referrals can be made directly to the team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to find out more about The Rewild Project, the partner organisation who are leading the New Leaf project.
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