Providence Row launches new Gardening Trainee Scheme for rough sleepers

7 September 2015

Providence Row is launching a brand new Gardening Trainee Scheme for rough sleepers starting on Thursday 24 September 2015. The accredited scheme, which is based on their award-winning Catering Trainee Scheme, will take place on Providence Row’s recently refurbished rooftop kitchen garden.

Trainees will learn key skills around growing produce for use in the homelessness centre’s kitchen, but will also be able to access Providence Row’s wider services, including advice and support around benefits and housing and specialist support with mental health or substance misuse issues with our onsite support workers. The scheme welcomes people currently rough sleeping and/or experiencing mental health or substance misuse problems.

Commenting on the new scheme, Dom Gates, Employment and Training Manager at Providence Row said:

“Our gardening trainee scheme offers a structured and accredited programme of learning from our clients, many of whom will have been excluded from other schemes. It also opens up the opportunity for clients to do something they enjoy out in the fresh air while accessing our range of services to help them escape life on the streets.”

The scheme is part-funded £52,600 over 3 years by the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust.

(Image: Providence Row's newly refurbished roof garden - the site of our new Gardening Trainee Scheme)