This project is creating a Woodland Training Centre which will be used by a number of ‘hard to reach’ groups as a base for training courses in woodland management, conservation and greenwood craft courses. These groups will encompass children who have been removed from main stream education, young adults who are not in employment, education or training and young probationers as part of a resettlement programme for ex-offenders.
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 to the Going the Extra Mile project (GEM) Navigator Developer, working for the Forestry Commission at Bank House in Coleford.
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