Roundwood Garden Centre was pleased to welcome a group of students and teachers from Alec Hunter Humanities College to the work based training centre which is used by Essex Cares customers to develop skills including horticulture and landscape maintenance as well as catering and hospitality. This partnership was part of the school's Volunteer Day.
The students worked with trainees tending to plants and serving refreshments in the cafe to learn more about the skills needed in the horticulture and hospitality industry.
Julie, Training & Employment Locality Co-ordinator at Essex Cares, said: “Roundwood gives adults with learning disabilities the real life work experience and training they need to develop skills and independence to progress into voluntary or paid employment. The Volunteer Day was a great opportunity for our trainees to work with young people and demonstrate their skills and abilities.”
Lisa, Community Development Co-ordinator at from Alec Hunter Humanities College, said: “Alec Hunter students have been taking part in Volunteer Day for over three years and have enjoyed supporting and getting to know people from all walks of life within their community.
“We believe that Volunteer Day allows our students to understand the value of volunteering and at the same time supports our student’s social skills and self esteem. It also allows them to learn and share new skills and gives them a sense of satisfaction in supporting someone."