About Green Corridor

We are Green Corridor
London's leading learning organisation using land based training as a means of unlocking young peoples potential
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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

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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You can gain qualifications in land-based areas such as horticulture, conservation and environmental studies.
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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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Jean Rolfe
Jean Rolfe
Chief Executive Officer

I have over 15 years of experience within the Third Sector previous to which I worked  as an environmental and conservation manager specialising in urban development. I joined Green Corridor in January 2008, where I have found working in a dynamic small organisation exciting, fun and very challenging – which I love.

My role at Green Corridor ensures that the strategic direction of the business remains on track and that  the various partnerships and funders that GC works with remain engaged and involved helping to shape provision to meet current and future need.

My passion is to ensure that every young person has a chance to succeed and grow, that they see themselves as valued members of our communities whilst remaining responsible for their own actions and outcomes

Julie Docking
Julie Docking
Green Corridor Head of Centre

My career started in 1982 when I completed my nurse training at the Hammersmith Hospital, London. I specialised in Accident and Emergency medicine and worked my way up the career ladder culminating into the position of Manager of the A/E Dept. North Hampshire Hospital.

In 2000 I made the decision to leave the NHS and applied for the post of Aeromedical Centre Manager at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

I have always had a healthy passion for the outdoors and horticulture so when the opportunity arose to join Green Corridor (GC) I felt that it was the perfect time to change direction and take on a new challenge whilst still utilising the management experience and skills that I had developed over the last 21 years.

As Head of Centre my main responsibilities are to develop the GC Learning & Development Centre whilst ensuring smooth operational efficiency. I am responsible for each learner as they progress their way through the Centre and gain their qualifications.

Along with Darren Rolfe, our Internal Verifier, I maintain the high standard of quality that Green Corridor works hard to achieve and retain – my work is very varied and very rewarding

Apart from work keeping me busy my hobbies include gardening, cycling and competing my three dogs in agility competitions.

Sophie Edney
Sophie Edney
Youth Engagement Officer

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

Since then my role has developed significantly, whilst I still recruit for our training programmes I also support the young person throughout their time with GC. I personalise their training programmes, ensuring their individual needs are met, I have regular 121 sessions with them and then work with them when they are ready to move onto the next stage of their training or employment.

I work closely with a range of services such Probation, Housing Support, Job Centre’s, 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.

Along side this I also work on the marketing of programmes through newsletters, leaflets and events. If I get time I also support the delivery of the programmes and support the organisation of volunteer events.

Prior to my role at Green Corridor I trained as a Social Worker at the university of Portsmouth Graduating in summer 2012 with a BSC Hons degree. During my training I worked a lot with The Princes Trust developing my interest of supporting young people. I also spent some time in the Child Protection Team followed by a long-term placement with The Early Intervention Psychosis Team. I have 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.

Jonathan Pettit
Jonathan Pettit
Senior Project Delivery Manager

I bring to Green Corridor almost 25 years of experience working in the food, farming and landbased sectors with a particular focus on skills development and project delivery.

I joined Green Corridor as Senior Project Manager in January 2014. I work closely with the project manager to deliver training across all of Green Corridor’s sites and have specific responsibility for ensuring that Green Corridor is meeting its commitment across a number of specific funded projects including BIG Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund and Team London.

I lead on a number of strategic relationships with our key partners. I am actively involved with the 14-19 and NEET Action Groups for Ealing and Hounslow Boroughs, ensuring that Green Corridor is actively involved in relevant strategic and policy developments in the boroughs.

Outside of Green Corridor I enjoy train journeys, cooking, running and, when he can, watching Ipswich Town and the New York MetI

Andy Bailey
Andy Bailey
School Delivery Manager

I have over twenty years experience in the conservation sector, working for local authorities, and leading conservation charities.

My main areas of expertise are woodland management, chalk grassland management and management of lowland heath. Whilst working for the National Trust in Surrey for over 15 years, I line managed a small team of rangers, and large number of volunteers. I was responsible for all aspect of the management of over 250 hectares of high profile and highly visited countryside sites.

I have a National Diploma in Countryside Management, a project management qualification and a supervisory management qualification. I also have qualifications in practical conservation skills, including NPTC chainsaw, quad bike, tractor driving including driving machinery on slopes and pesticides including aquatic application. I am First Aid at Work qualified, and very experienced in the management of health and safety on site, including teaching safe use of tools and producing risk assessments.

My role within Green Corridor is project delivery, logistics and management of our schools programmes, as well as undertaking training and assessing of our non-statutory learners at our sites at Green Man Lane, near Heathrow and Manor Way in Southall. My role is the teach conservation and horticulture up to Level 2 certification, both training and assessing learners to reach competent standards to ensure they successfully gain their certificates. I work with school children with Special Educational Needs and also young people up to the age of 25, also with Special Educational Needs or learning difficulties. I am a qualified assessor and a competent trainer which enables me to work well with the young individuals and give them a good grounding in land based skills.

Chris Rolfe
Chris Rolfe
Delivery Support

Hello, my name is Chris and I’ve been working for Green Corridor (GC) since June 2014 – so still very much the new boy!

I started my career as a shepherd after completing a Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture. I was responsible for a flock of 100 pedigree Romney’s and 40 pedigree donkeys that travelled the country donkey racing!

I moved on to work as a tractor driver and grain operative near Chichester – working with some of the biggest bits of agricultural machinery available for use in Sussex – it was often a tricky job manoeuvring them in fields designed for 1940’s agricultural use!

My work at Green Corridor primarily involves ensuring the infrastructure remains fit for purpose, repairing and replacing tools and equipment, building raised beds, polytunnels and using agricultural machinery when its more expedient than wheelbarrows.

I work alongside the delivery staff to ensure our learners get the most from their time with us. I’m passionate about showing others why the countryside is so important and how everyone can benefit from engaging with it.

In my spare time I look after my own sheep flock of 31 pure blood Suffolks + 3 pedigree blue face Leicester’s with a prize winning blue face Leicester ram.

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