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Growing Out - a project that worked with young adults with mild learning disabilities

Growing Out London Wildlife Trust project Growing Out

Growing Out was an exciting London Wildlife Trust project that worked with young adults with mild learning disabilities. Each week we worked with groups of around ten young adults to build their skills in gardening and practical conservation work.

On the project participants learned about how to use gardening and conservation tools, as well as doing more hands on things - like making habitat boxes for birds, bats and bugs and growing food for the local community.

Not only was this a chance to work outdoors, make new friends and discover London’s green spaces but participants also gained valuable skills they could transfer to other volunteering and work opportunities both within the London Wildlife Trust and beyond.

Growing Out participants were based at one of our main hub sites:

Each week sites hosted up to 12 participants who were selected and referred to us by partners including City and Islington College, The National Autistic Society, Lambeth College and Southwark Council.

Growing Out was funded for three years by the Big Lottery Fund. During this time we engaged with over 100 participants, many of whom worked with us for over 200 hours!