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Sheffield Growing Experience

Summary
We provide gardening and conservation activities for young people and adults with learning disabilities. Activities include planting seeds, transplanting plants, harvesting, picking apples, weeding, making bird boxes, picking flowers and more...


Description

Growing Experience is based at Sheffield Organic Growers.

We provide people with learning disabilities the opportunity to work as a supported volunteer on our 12-acre site, where we grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. 

We offer the chance to learn skills in a real work environment, to gain valuable work experience (in preparation for a job) or to further a leisure interest in growing your own food or flowers.

We do a variety of work, all tailored to the experience, interests, strengths and needs of our supported volunteers.

The work can include: gardening inside a polytunnel, weeding, planting seedlings, harvesting and sorting apples, picking soft fruit (eg. blackcurrants), planting and picking flowers etc. 

We are open to people aged 16 (year 12 and above) to 65.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Huw Evans
Telephone
07720564316
0114 2507644
E-mail
sheffieldgrowingexperience@gmail.com
Website
www.sheffieldgrowingexperience.co.uk

Where to go

Name
Sheffield Organic Growers
Address
Hazlehurst Lane, off Lightwood Lane
Norton
Sheffield
Postcode
S8 8BG
Notes

Visits need to be arranged in advance, so there is someone available to show you around. The field can be muddy, so you will need approriate footwear!

It is one mile down Lightwood Lane (which turns into Hazlehurst Lane). 


When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 3pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Days
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Session Information
Open approximately 43 weeks of the year - dates may change on a yearly basis
Closed for 2 weeks at Christmas, February half term, one week at Easter, 4 weeks in August, and October half term.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
No
Wheelchair access details
Unfortunately the site is based on two fields on a slope, and so sadly we do not have wheelchair access.
Cater for special dietary requirements
Yes
Dietary needs catered for
Lactose intolerant
Gluten free
Kosher
Lacto-vegetarian
Vegan
Vegetarian
Additional dietary information
Everyone brings their own packed lunch, but we provide drinks and biscuits.
Supports special needs and disabilities
Yes
Special needs and disabilities experience
Down's Syndrome
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Yes
Additional culture/ethnicity information
We are happy for people from other cultures to come. Unfortunately we only speak English.

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40 10am-3pm Per day
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Self referrals from service users or parents/carers are welcome as well as referrals from social workers, and other professionals.

Age Range
16 years to 65 years
Facilities
  • Parking
  • Garden
Notes

Growing experience is specifically aimed at young people (aged 16 plus) and adults with learning disabilities, Down Syndrome or people on the Autistic Spectrum. We work in small groups,  1:3 ratio maximum.


Last Updated
10/10/2019
Keywords
Day opportunities, Learning disabilities, Down Syndrome, Autism, Gardening,
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