MP praises County Durham horticultural social enterprise project

County Durham MP Grahame Morris has praised a Shaw Trust horticultural social enterprise project for its work helping disabled and disadvantaged people to find employment.

Grahame Morris MP (left) visits Shaw Trust project
Grahame Morris MP (left) visits Shaw Trust project

Easington MP Morris, along with several councillors, employers and organisations, visited the Seaham branch of the employment charity’s horticultural project last week.

The project, called Shaw Trust Enterprises – North East, gives gardening support to local households, schools, housing associations and hospitals, providing garden maintenance, clearances and landscaping.

It also offers disadvantaged locals the chance to undertake a 12-week training programme towards a Level 1 City & Guilds Practical Horticultural Skills certification. Trainees are given the option of applying for six-month paid work experience placements after their training ends as stepping stones to careers in the horticultural industry.

Morris said: "I'm proud of the wonderful work that Shaw Trust is doing in Seaham to ensure that disadvantaged and disabled people are both getting the skills and support they need and realising their potential to contribute towards business and the local community."


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