Pilot Projects

Partnership

  • Step 1: To volunteer for the charity, build up confidence, friendships, learn new skills and work in partnership with a member of the team. 
  • Step 2: We use our partnership organisations for volunteering opportunities in the community. 
  • Step 3: To support the charity in a variety of ways on the management committee, organise events and volunteering opportunities for young people and adults. 

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“Working in partnership with Kim makes me feel valued as I know I do a good job” - Sam (Service User) 

“This is a unique opportunity for me to mentor Sam at this National Trust Property. It’s hard work, but very rewarding at the same time” - Kim (Gardener) 

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Apprenticeship

  • Step 1: To volunteer for the charity, build up confidence, friendships, learn new skills and reach a qualification level. 
  • Step 2: After a service user has reached a qualified standard we introduce them to organisations who may be interested in offering paid work to our charity and specific individuals. 
  • Step 3: To work supported but more independently in the community 

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“Working for the charity over the year has given me the confidence to get qualified and take on this job for Sandgate School to replace the decking area.” - Daniel (Service User) 

“As a trustee for the charity assisting our service users on a pilot apprentice programme is a new way forward in the right direction.” - Jane (Trustee) 

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“Daniel and the Chestnut team here did a marvellous job I am really proud he stayed motivated and finished a really professional job.” - Andrew (Sandgate School Governor) 

“I appreciate the charities support I didn’t feel I was on my own.” - Daniel (Service User)