Garden Partners is a social enterprise. It provides a gardening service to its customers and supports people with learning disabilities, (including people with physical impairments and/or sensory impairments, people with long term health conditions and people on the autistic spectrum). Garden Partners is suitable for people who may have a health / social care package and/ or want supported work experience and might benefit from outdoor activity. Can also offer literacy teaching as part of the work experience package.
Garden Partners is based in Stocksbridge but also works in other parts of the city. Offers free taster days. Garden Partners are happy to meet with families, carers and other professionals who may be interested in using the service.
Employment Support Provided includes,
Preparing for Work
• Help to build self-confidence & self esteem
• Help with practical issues eg travel
• Help being part of your community
• Life skills
Work Experience and Volunteering Opportunities
• Volunteering opportunities
• Work experience
There is a charge for the work experience package of £45 per day, which enables users to work in a small supervised group. The cost can be met through entitlement to Individual Budgets/Direct Payments. People who are able to work independently as volunteers are not charged (all prices are provided by Garden Partners, please check them yourself for accuracy).
Garden Partners also offers a gardening service for local people to help manage their own gardens, this is charged at £10 per hour. Other arrangements can be negotiated, for example use of part of a customers land to grow produce and train people etc would lead to reduced rates. Customers receiving the gardening service can also request help with cleaning and shopping, this service is also charged at a rate of £10 per hour.
Qualifications & Quality Standards:
Staff are PGCE qualified with QTS specialism in learning difficulties, counselling skills and 20 years teaching experience.