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  • Rebecca Armstrong

Training for work – aged between 16-25, or know who is?

Do you know someone, or are you, between 16-25, resident in Waltham Forest and currently seeking work?

Have you (or that other person!) ever thought about working in horticulture, food growing and associated enterprises?

Come and find your place – as Organiclea is really pleased to offer for a second year, a work scheme for young people in partnership with Waltham Forest Council. The scheme, our Food Works programme, offers a range of opportunities within our food enterprises including:

  1. Introductory work tasters (see below dates for next opportunity)

  2. 8 -16 week work experience placements (includes completion of a City and Guilds Award)

  3. Paid work placements

  4. Start-up business support and grants

“I was worried I would never find a job. But now I have confidence- because I enjoy what I am doing and am good at it” Michael, 24, Walthamstow; speaking to a reporter from the Corporation of London

“Hawkwood Nursery is a great place to work. Food Works has helped me to find the career I was looking for that I enjoy.” Brandon, 19, Leytonstone; speaking to Waltham Forest News

View a quick u-tube clip about Food Works see:

And come along // upcoming introductory taster dates:

  1. Wednesday 25 February, 10am – 4pm

  2. Wednesday 25 March, 10am – 4pm

  3. Wednesday 22 April, 10am – 4pm

Taster sessions take place at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery in Chingford (see link at end for directions). Young people who’ve successfully completed a taster date will be eligible to join the work experience programme.  If you would like to participate, but can’t make these dates – contact Clare (details below) and another opportunity can be arranged.

Sign-up or for more information contact: or phone 020 8524 4996

Directions to Hawkwood at:


Support local food production, get skilled and receive food growing advice, training and project support;

  1. Hawkwood volunteering days Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

  2. Hawkwood open day last Sunday of the month 12pm-4pm

Hawkwood Plant Nursery, Chingford E4 7UH Tel: 020 8524 4994 The Hornbeam, 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 9AH Tel: 020 8558 6880

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