GLADE Project

(Guildford Learning and Development Enterprise) is a partnership between two local charities – Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership and Oakleaf Enterprise, and also Guildford Borough Council.  The focus of the project is on providing training, skills and work opportunities for jobseekers, young people and those disadvantaged through illness or mental health problems to enhance their employability.

It delivers gardening services for local tenants, gardening at sheltered housing schemes, day centres and Millmead House and street cleansing in Westborough.

GLADE was established in March 2014 as a social enterprise to deliver these services and at the same time provide learning through the development of core functional skills and task specific training, alongside work opportunities for jobseekers, promotion of volunteering, provision of facilities and opportunities to less advantaged residents, community engagement and self-reliance.

Achievements to July 2017:

  • 33 local residents have completed an Amenity Horticulture (Soft Landscaping) course (6 courses) – including team working, customer care and pricing work for your own business;
  • 27 completed confidence building courses (5 courses);
  • 12 achieved City & Guilds Online Basics (basic IT) Level 2 qualification (2 courses);
  • 6 completed an HABC Level 2 course in Food Safety (2 courses);
  • 16 completed an Emergency First Aid course (2 courses);
  • 14 completed a City & Guilds L1 Cycle Mechanics course (2 courses);
  • 6 have undertaken Moneywise numeracy courses;
  • GLADE has coached and trained 42 learners and increased their horticultural knowledge;
  • through project partners beneficiaries are able to access free pre-employment related support (e.g. job applications, CV writing, personal presentation, interview practice and, where necessary, counselling)..