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Posted 18 July 2016

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Gardening project success

A new gardening project has been set up by the Employment Support Team and is becoming a huge success.

The project, which was set up earlier this year, brings together gardening and education as a new way of engaging communities.

It also gives opportunities to local people to learn new skills, develop confidence and improve their health and wellbeing.

So far, with the help of John Cavill a professional gardener and Dwain Kreiner a Crosby Employment volunteer, the project has helped the Market Hill area, 7KS School and the Somerby Road Allotments in Scunthorpe.

The project is also having a huge impact on the Viking Resource Centre, Barton-upon-Humber, where the garden has had a huge revamp and local children have been able to plant vegetables, which they’ll use to grow and cook at their Tea Time Club.

Chris Baker, Community Investment Co-ordinator, said: “The gardening project is a great way of engaging with local people. It not only helps to teach them about growing food and cooking it in a healthy way, but it also shows them different ways of maintaining their own garden. This all ties in perfectly with other projects Ongo run.

“Having someone like John on board is great for us. He works with volunteers, which is a great way for them to develop skills and confidence in all aspects of their lives – Dwain being a great example of this. The places they’ve been working on are already looking transformed.”

John Cavill said: “Myself and Dwain work in several different areas and it’s great to see more residents each week dropping in to help improve their community. The project has been a huge success so far and I’m very happy to be a part of it.

“In my role, I also help to support the Volunteer Scheme at Crosby Employment. Dwain is a current volunteer and it’s great to see his knowledge and passion for gardening grow. I am hoping this could be a future career for him.”

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