We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery to the value of £147,500.00. This award is specifically to enable The Green Team to develop the ‘Volunteer Journey’ project and to set up a wholly owned Community Interest Company. The ‘Volunteer Journey’ is designed to train and prepare individuals for the job market, initially learning basic employability skills such as time keeping, team work and commitment, developing self-esteem and confidence. Following a period of volunteering, individuals will have the opportunity to apply for short term, paid employment – working on our new commercial gardening service, whilst also receiving intensive employability training in applications, interview skills and personal development. These employment packages will not be a ‘rite of passage’ and each individual will have to prove their commitment and desire to want to move into employment. Grateful thanks from all at The Green Team go to the National Lottery players for their support towards enabling this project to develop.