Skills Exchange SCIO

Current opportunity

We are looking for volunteers to work with Kirsty, our Let’s Grow project Community Gardener, who is based at the David Livingstone Birthplace in Blantyre. Let’s Grow is an employability and personal development project for school leavers who need support to help them move into the world of work. They are spending 2 days a week on work placement in the gardens and park area to gain valuable practical skills and experience. Volunteers will have the opportunity to be hands on with the gardening side and also support and mentor the young people. There is a large variety of gardening and maintenance tasks to be done – weeding, ground clearing, building compost bins, clearing leaves, path maintenance, pond cleaning, planting etc For most of our young participants this is their first experience of any kind of work. There is a maximum of 6 participants per group. Volunteers will be a valuable source of support for them to help build their communication skills, develop effective relationships and benefit from interacting with a positive role model. We are working with young people who have either recently left school or who are in the last 6 months of education but often not attending. All our participants require some form of support to help them make the transition from school to the world of work as they have various barriers. This includes lack of experience, low or no qualifications, health issues, hidden disabilities and particularly anxiety / poor mental health, lack of confidence and self-esteem. We have some with autism and / or ADHD.