Guildford Learning and Development Enterprise (GLADE) is a three-way partnership between Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership, Oakleaf Enterprise, and 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.
GLADE was established in March 2014 as a social enterprise to deliver services to the communities of Park Barn and Westborough. At the same time, the project provides learning through the development of core functional skills and task-specific training such as garden maintenance and environmental awareness. Alongside this, there are work opportunities for jobseekers, promotion of volunteering and provision of facilities and opportunities to less advantaged residents.
Achievements to date:
- Key partner in the Park Barn learning centre (local advice centre for residents)
- Project work with University of Surrey around infrastructure regeneration in Park Barn
- 82 learners provided with support and guidance in the last year around job applications, CV writing, personal presentation, interview practice and, where necessary, counselling
- 33 local residents have completed an Amenity Horticulture (Soft Landscaping) course (6 courses) – including team working, customer care and pricing work for business
- Project working to start with Wye Valley College, local Pupil Referral Unit to engage years 10 and 11 students on a 10-week ‘forest school’
- GLADE staff awarded the Mayors Award for Community Engagement
- Regular work with Kings College school including the relaying of a community ‘trim-trail’ with the support of sixty students
- Garden clearance for local vulnerable residents in conjunction with GBC mental health teams
- Support provided through learning to Syrian refugees relocated to Park Barn through the UK government Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS)