Groundwork Celebrates The Achievements Of Its Theme 5 Programme

A celebration event was held on Wednesday, June 12th 2019 at Ty Peblig in Caernarfon to showcase the achievements of a  programme that brought a community allotment back to life and gave people in receipt of benefits bespoke mentoring and support to make positive changes to their lives.

Theme 5 is a new initiative supported by the Department of Work and Pensions that offers an intensive package that focuses on 5 key areas, Health, Employability, Money Management, Training and Volunteering. The programme aims to improve quality of life and future employment prospects for participants who also receive formal training with an Agored Entry Level 3  qualification in career planning, expert money-saving advice and great volunteering experience.

Those taking part in Theme 5  also sign up for regular volunteering sessions and on this programme over 228 hours of volunteering was achieved and a community allotment was brought back to life. Practical items like bird feeders and bug hotels were made for the garden and a  herb garden planted and a  communal vegetable plot set up for the community to use.

At the celebration event, each of the participants received their qualifications and certificates of achievement and enjoyed a buffet.

 Elaine,  who lives in Caernarfon joined the Theme 5 programme to help her get out of the house said.  “This course has helped me with anxiety, has got me out of the house and boosted my confidence. I enjoyed the outdoor work best because I was helping my community. I liked working as a team and I made new friends and  I am really looking forward to the next course!”

Christine Peake, Employability Skills and Training Coordinator at Groundwork North Wales said: “I’m really proud of everyone involved in the project; they’ve all developed new talents and gained a lot of confidence which will enhance their prospects and improve their chances in life by using the new skills they have learnt. They should be as proud of themselves as I am of them”