Parklea Farm - Community Options


Parklea Association - Branching Out is a voluntary organisation which helps individuals with various support needs fulfil their potential using horticulture. Parklea provides a variety of local training, work experience and recreational and social facilities to help people of all ages adopt valuable skills of confidence, independence, and employability for life.

Community Options is a new programme at Parklea aimed at under 25s and focuses on activities of horticulture to provide young people with the tools for employment and skills for life. The programme is offered at various venues within local communities and provides young people with focussed training and work experience to enable them to be ready for employment, training and other future opportunities. They provide participants with the right support when choosing an option suited to your needs and they work with their partner agencies to provide access to a wider range of activities and opportunities.

The horticulture activities included are grounds maintenance, plant production and plant maintenance, growing vegetables, maintaining floral displays in public spaces, making small garden items, recycling and upcycling activities; with opportunities to sell to the public.

Working with individuals with sensitive and difficult needs Is a meaningful challenge that the volunteers at Parklea take on. Many of the clients at Parklea include those who suffer with various learning/physical disabilities, mental health struggles, long term unemployed, elderly and young people. The needs of all are equally important and require the right care and attention when working with them.

Community Options at Parklea Branching Out helps to provide young and vulnerable people with transferable life skills. Taking part in the programme will help with life and social skills, improving communication, confidence, meeting new people, developing new skills and gaining new qualifications. The programme also provides assistance towards acquiring certifications from the SQA; The Caley Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society; Youth Scotland; John Muir Award; Software Training Scotland; and Community Achievement Awards.