Brickwork at the Verne used to create peace garden

IRC The Verne, OLASS News

 

The Verne are using their vocational education courses to make sure that new arrivals at the prison are given a peaceful, safe environment to come into.

 

 

Many men find themselves detained at The Verne at very short notice. Upon arrival to this unusual environment, and often disorientated, the centre management requested an area for detainees to be able to sit and think in a peaceful area.

The Brickwork Department of Weston College seized this opportunity with both hands as a project that could encompass a wealth of learning opportunities. Gordon Roy, Brickwork Tutor, said: “This was an opportunity not to be missed. It allows an extension to the main course for those who want to put their newly learnt skills into real work practice.” 

The project was firstly designed by learners on the brickwork course. They worked to a client brief that stipulated that the area would need to have flowers planted in a contained area around the perimeter, allowing detainees the ability to wander or sit at their leisure. Learners, centre staff and Weston College staff then set about setting out, digging out and concreting the foundations for the garden area.

Over a period of time around 40 detainee learners have worked on the project, having either excelled at their course work or making specific requests to work on the project. This project is now nearing completion but further opportunities are actively being sort by Gordon to further enhance the skills and experiences of future learners.

Source: Weston College Brighter Futures 2016 Newsletter

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