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Kind donations for College Community Projects

Tuesday 24th January 2017

Students from South Leicestershire College have received donations from local businesses to help towards community projects. The kind donations have been received by Rowena Garden Centre, Palmers Garden Centre and Wilkinson’s in Wigston Magna.

The students who are currently on Construction courses and Foundation courses have joined forces to work on a horticultural project as Bassett Street Community Centre. Using skills and knowledge from their programmes, students will build grow beds, and with the help of community volunteers, are planting and growing edible plants, vegetables and herbs.

The projects have complemented the Foundation Learning programme which provides learners with special educational needs the opportunity to develop their social, academic and vocational skills. Students on the Construction courses have also had the opportunity to put their skills into practice.

The project is being overseen by the ‘Pride of the Borough’ Group; this group is made up of neighbourhood groups and council officers with the aim to improve the environment of Oadby and Wigston.

The activity is part of ‘Incredible Edible Oadby and Wigston’, a project established nationally in 2007 and recently launched in the borough, with the aim to improve communities through food – growing produce and working together.

These projects are being supported by Voluntary Action Leicestershire’s Community Capacity Building Project and TCV’s Local People Programme, and is funded by the Local People Programme Community Fund which is available for resident-led projects in South Wigston and Eyres Monsell with money raised from Health Lottery Funding through HealthBelief.

Students on the Entry Level course  will have also been be working with a project to support the asylum seekers based Kennedy House Homeless Hostel to grow healthy produce for those in need. After approaching local businesses, Rowena Garden Centre, Palmers Garden Centre and Wilkinson’s in Wigston Magna donated seeds, compost and pots to aid both of these projects.

Susan Bilson, Foundation Learning Lecturer at the College said: “We’re extremely grateful to both garden centres for their kind donations. They will make such a difference to the work our students are doing and to the local community as a whole.

“These type of projects are a fantastic opportunity for the students to develop their team working and practical skills, the satisfaction they gain from seeing such a positive impact is invaluable.”

The Entry Level course is a Foundation Learning Programme designed for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The programme supports those aged 16-24 years, helping them to develop a range of important social, academic and vocational skills, encouraging independent living and employability.

The College also offers courses in Construction including Painting and Decorating, Carpentry, Bricklaying, Trowel Occupations and Glass and Fenestration.

To find out more, contact the College: 0116 264 3535 or email

For more information about the Community Fund, contact Jessie Cooke on

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