New Leaf is a horticulture training project at Surrey Docks Farm that provides adults with learning disabilities the opportunities to gain practical skills, increase confidence and independence and meet new people.
Students work as part of a small sociable team learning the horticulture skills required to produce fruit and vegetables. Training is based in a specially designed growing space that includes ground plots, raised beds, a fruit cage and polytunnels. Students chose the crops they would like to grow and are supported to produce and harvest their fruit and vegetables. Students take real pride in taking their produce home, or selling them to the public through our farm shop.
Students take part in annual harvest shows, all get together for a Summer BBQ and Christmas party and attend trips to other gardens to gain inspiration and ideas. Students also benefit from AQA accredited training and will be given the opportunity to evidence their skills through the AQA Unit Award Scheme which recognises practical skills.
- New Leaf training is delivered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
- All our training projects run for 40 weeks of the year from 10am to 3pm
- New Leaf has a ratio of one trainer to four students
- In addition volunteers are recruited specifically to support people attending the projects
- Students can attend with their own support worker if one-to-one support is required
- Places are funded by personal budgets authorised by Social Services
- We offer a free trial period, so potential students can decide if the project is for them