The Gate, has partnered up with a local employment programme, Moving On Tyne and Wear to help volunteers from the programme, and The Gatekeepers biodiverse pocket garden, to flourish following lock down.
Moving on Tyne and Wear (MOTW) is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund and is part of the Building Better Opportunities initiative. Led by Mental Health Concern, MOTW is a Partnership of 9 organisations all of whom are committed to helping people overcome the health barriers that have prevented them from finding work or undertaking training before.
Through one-to-one support, Moving on Tyne and Wear help the people of our region build on their strengths and aspirations, and support them as they take realistic and manageable steps towards stable employment.
The Gate have partnered with Moving On Tyne and Wear, providing an opportunity for participants on programme to volunteer in The Gatekeepers Garden, a biodiverse pocket garden project run by The Gate.
Through the partnership, Moving On Tyne & Wear volunteers will visit the garden every month, helping to maintain the area and plants to ensure they continue to thrive and attract the pollinators that the garden has been designed to attract. Volunteering is a great way to prepare for work as it allows participants to gain new skills and experiences, add some structure or routine to their day, become part of their community, develop communication skills and improve their wellbeing and confidence.
Nicola Barraclough, Moving on Tyne and Wear’s Programme Manager said: “I am delighted that MOTW has the opportunity to partner with The Gate, to maintain the Gatekeepers Garden. The last 15 months have been difficult for many of our participants, and some have struggled to stay motivated on their employment journey. As we start to move out of lockdown, it’s exciting to be able to offer them the chance to undertake some volunteering in the open air and help them prepare for the world of work again. We’re always looking for ways we can give back to our local community in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, and I’m looking forward to seeing the garden, and our participants, flourish.
Launched in April 2019, The Gatekeepers Garden, located on Jacobins Chare, is planted with insect and bee friendly plants to encourage bio diversity and is also home to the first bio graffiti wall. A living wall planted with ferns and moss which changes and evolves with the seasons. The garden is open for all to enjoy and provides an area of quiet relaxation.
Inge Johnson Michell, Centre Manager at The Gate said: ‘It’s wonderful to have the volunteers from Moving On Tyne and Wear here to help look after the garden. The plants have faired quite well during lock down but it will be wonderful to have volunteers here to help ensure the garden continues to do well. We are thrilled to be supporting the work that Moving On Tyne and Wear do and look forward to being part of that journey towards employment’.
For full details of The Gatekeepers Garden click here.