LTCAS and the Scottish Government held the ‘Living with Long Term Conditions: Employability, Poverty and Welfare Reform, National Conference’ in March 2012. As part of this conference LTCAS ran study visits. These visits were an opportunity for various projects to showcase employability good practice in Scotland, were delegates were able to meet service users and see employability support in action.
The Levengrove Horticulture Project was a study visit I attended. The project started in 2009 and works to support people with mental ill health, learning disabilities, autism or recovering from addiction into training, voluntary work and employment. This valuable resource offers not only training and meaningful activity it also offers social interaction and the basis for moving into further training or employment in the horticulture field.
‘Some of the project users (plotters) have said that the benefits they have felt are enjoying being outdoors, socialising and the satisfaction of seeing something grown from seed to harvest and then eating it’
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