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Barley Twist

Barley Twist, Ashleigh Wellbeing & Activity Centre, Basildon, Tel: 01268 271042

Barley Twist offers Work Based Training in catering and horticulture which enables its customers to learn the skills needed to progress into paid employment. The centre also has a small horticulture project where customers are supported to grow vegetables to use in the kitchen. All trainees will learn soft skills including: commitment to attendance, team work and supporting colleagues.

Barley Twist offers customers the opportunity to learn cooking and food preparation skills along with cleaning rotas, stock ordering and rotation, time keeping and team work.

Within the horticulture project customers will learn when to plant seeds and where is the best place for them to grow along with watering, maintenance and the purpose of personal protective equipment and health & safety.

Also located onsite is Barleytwist Garden Services, responsible for maintaining the garden, flower beds, patio area and sensory garden at Ashleigh Wellbeing & Activity Centre. Trainees experience a variety of activities from growing plants and flowers from seeds through to making wooden bird boxes. The team also supplies the diner with fresh home grown vegetables throughout the year. Functional skills are incorporated into the training with research via the internet and keeping work books building on the trainees individual core skills. The team also operates off site, maintaining outdoor spaces other centres and local businesses within the community. These projects include a primary school where they tend the landscape garden area which enhances the entrance to the school and provides diversity in the skills learnt.

Please call the centre for pricing information.

Training includes:

  • Cooking
  • Hospitality
  • Gardening
  • Conferencing

Monday - Friday: 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Barley Twist,
Ashleigh Wellbeing & Activity Centre,
Whitmore Way,
SS14 2NN