Pick, Cook & Serve

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Thank You!

Pick, Cook, Serve
Thanks to all our supporters we have won Big Lottery Funding to run Hospitality courses!
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Dig
We offer short-term volunteering opportunities centred on land-based projects. So if you’re not afraid of a bit of mud and want to gain new skills, just get involved!
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Learn skills

Plant
It’s all about making our green spaces better while offering you the opportunity to get valuable experience for your CV and gain new skills.
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Qualifications

Grow
You can gain qualifications in land-based areas such as horticulture, conservation and environmental studies.
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Achieve
With a strong track record we are able to deliver outcomes that meet the needs of our beneficiaries
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What they say

Though the young people’s needs could be challenging you made it fun and engaging at all times
I did this for 2 years throu my school loved it best thing I did at school lol
Looking into volunteering I expected quite boring duties but Green Corridor has been great
I have found the contribution that Green Corridor Volunteers has made invaluable
Green Corridor has provided me with opportunities to really improve my skill sets

Performance statistics

We are proud of our record helping young people to achieve their ambitions

Since 2012 we have trained and supported over 130 disadvantaged young learners, with 96% of them achieving a land based qualification in either horticulture or conservation, for many this is the first qualification they have ever achieved

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Supporter of the month

Many thanks to Nexen and Heathrow Airport for their support

We are very grateful to Nexen for funding our new website and for supporting the development of the Green Corridor Training Centre, which will make a major difference to the young people we support.

We would also like to thank Heathrow Airport for there generosity in providing time, funding and most phenomenal of all the site which has become our Training Centre.

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Tim Knight
Tim Knight
Chief Executive Officer

Following completion of his degree in Environmental Science and Masters in Applied Hydrobiology, Tim started his working career with the National Rivers Authority as a Pollution Control Officer in mid Wales. The creation of the environment agency saw a move to the Thames Valley as a river catchment manager and this triggered his passion for better linking communities to their local environment. His catchment plans always contained a strong element of engaging people in practical conservation tasks, volunteering activities and environmental education programmes to improve environmental sustainability and learning new skills in the process.

This naturally led to work with Groundwork, a local environmental and social regeneration charity for the next 14 years initially in the Thames Valley area and then across the South of England. Key projects included transforming opens spaces, setting up new social enterprises, winning major public sector contracts running employment and National Citizen Service contracts and managing a variety of outdoor education and residential centres.

As the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer for Green Corridor Tim is keen to use his knowledge and experience to work in partnership with local businesses and funders to grow the trust, diversify it’s income streams and increase the charity’s impact to enable more young people improve their self confidence and increase their chances of longer term employment.

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Sophie Edney
Sophie Edney
Youth Engagement Manager

Sophie joined the team in December 2012 and came on board to support the recruitment of young people onto the Landbased Training Programmes.

Since then Sophie’s role has developed significantly, whilst she still recruits for our training programmes she also supports the young people throughout their time with Green Corridor. Sophie personalises the young peoples training programmes, ensuring their individual needs are met, she has regular 121 sessions with them and works with them when they are ready to move onto the next stage of their training or employment.

Sophie works closely with a range of services such Probation, Housing Support, Job Centres, Social Services, Drug and Alcohol support services, Child and Adolescent mental health service’s and other educational/training providers. This creates a holistic package of training for the young person ensuring they are fully supported.

Alongside this Sophie works on the marketing of programmes through newsletters, leaflets and events and when time permits, she supports the delivery of the programmes, and the organisation of volunteer events.

Prior to Sophie’s role at Green Corridor she trained as a Social Worker at the university of Portsmouth Graduating in summer 2012 with a BSC Hons degree. During her training she worked for The Princes Trust developing her interest of supporting young people. Sophie also spent some time in the Child Protection Team followed by a long-term placement with The Early Intervention Psychosis Team. Sophie has a keen interest in supporting positive mental health and working effectively with all other agencies involved in a young persons care to ensure the best range of support is given.

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Joanne Dixon
Joanne Dixon
Outreach and Transition Mentor

After studying Counselling and psychology at Roehampton, London Joanne was a volunteer in a range of different places including the local Inpatients Unit. She developed her love of working with young people as a LPF Youth Worker in Guildford, with Plantation and The Princes Trust and as an adolescent Mental Health support worker in Woking. Joanne had a year of being on the other side of the table, finding out what employers really wanted and now she’s back, working with the Green Corridor learners. 

Joanne was brought into Green Corridor as the Outreach and Transition Mentor, to help the young people progress to the next stage of their lives, moving forward into employment, education or training opportunities in the local area. Joanne will be involved in the projects, outreach and transition, as well as multi agency working including, social support services, housing support, youth centres and colleges.

Outside of work Joanne loves being creative, baking, sewing and hitting the gym. She is looking forward to getting involved with all at Green Corridor and getting her green fingers growing.

 

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Collin Cakebread
Collin Cakebread
Horticulture Tutor

After twelve years in the plumbing industry Collin decided a career change was necessary, so made the switch to study at Merrist Wood College. Collin gained a level 2 certificate in arboricultural theory and the change opened up a whole world of new opportunities.

Whilst studying Collin worked as an archery instructor with groups of varying age and ability, in schools, sports centres and the children’s charity Challengers to deliver soft archery sessions and also spent a few weeks volunteering for the National Trust.

Collin combined his qualifications with youth engagement, charity and volunteer work in his position as an Outdoor Education Worker at Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development; this allowed him to work more in the capacity of a mentor.

Collin spent the summer of 2015 with S.O.L.D working with NCS the Challenge in the company of some amazing young people from south London, he found this work incredibly rewarding so when he saw the Job working for Green Corridor he jumped at the chance.

Collin’s position as a Horticulture Tutor at Green Corridor sees him working with the other delivery staff to provide training and assessing the young people’s abilities in order to gain qualifications in conservation and horticulture.

 

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Mark Cox
Mark Cox
Senior Horticultural Tutor

Mark spent over 10 years with the British forces as a depot instructor before returning to civilian life to work in sales over in Kent. In 2001 he became a stay at home dad, due to illness but in 2012 was fit and ready to work again.

From being a stay at home dad he went straight into work as a case worker, working alongside adults with learning difficulties, those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the unemployed and deaf young people. All this led Mark onto teaching again and a love of horticulture led him to Green Corridor. In Mark’s spare time he enjoys walking, gardening, competition fishing, cricket, golf and generally being kept very busy!

Mark’s role at Green Corridor will see him working alongside the rest of the team to teach and assess our young learners as they progress through their Horticulture qualifications.

 

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Caroline Button
Caroline Button
Youth Mentor - BIG Lottery Plot to Pot

Caroline has joined the team to support the new BIG Lottery Catering and Hospitality project.

Supporting young people from their first day to their last, with mentoring and support into the world of work.

Caroline has worked in a wide variety of organisations from big corporates to small charities, changing her career direction in 2005 from being an accountant to an occupational therapist. Since graduating she has worked entirely in the third sector, but most recently she has been guiding and coaching individuals with long term conditions and long term unemployment back into work.

Caroline is passionate about finding, focusing and facilitating meaningful occupations. Empowering young people to enhance their everyday life, to live with the ups and downs that daily life brings and enable them to work, rest and play within their community.

Caroline’s personal experience of disability has shown her that a young person needs access education and training to be able to flourish in society. Caroline is most looking forward to helping young people build on their abilities whatever their impairments and/or background.

Outside of work, she loves adventures including tall ship sailing. Closer to home, cats, baking, theatre and cinema, keep her busy, she is looking forward to learning and developing her love of growing things and baking combined.

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