Participants learn new skills with Enstruct

GREAT Participant receives his certificate

We want to celebrate the achievements of two of our participants who have reached the end of Enstruct’s 10-week construction skills programme.

Over the 10 weeks Daniel and Keysha learned about plastering, plumbing, brickwork, carpentry, electrics and tiling, and they had the chance to build their own projects on the programme (see Keysha below with her home made toolbox).

Both participants picked up valuable new skills through the programme; Keysha went on to build her own firepit in her garden, and Daniel’s plumbing work will be used as an example for students on future Enstruct programmes! Well done to both of you.

The Enstruct programme will return in September, and there will be a week-long gardening skills course run by Enstruct in August.

GREAT Participant receives her certificate

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GREAT Participant with plumbing


The GREAT Day out

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In July and August we’ll be appearing at local libraries throughout the city and county as part of our GREAT Day Out events.

You and your children can take part in crafts and activities for all ages, as well as learning more about how GREAT can support you and people in your community.

We will be appearing at:

  • 24 July, 1-4pm – Blaby Library
  • 30 July 1-4pm – Hinckley Library
  • 9 August 1-4pm – Loughborough Library
  • 14 August 1-4pm – Wigston Library
  • 21 August 1-4pm – Coalville Library

If you do come along to the GREAT Day Out, you can Tweet along with #GREATDayOut.


Come and see the GREAT Project over the summer

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This summer the GREAT Project will be appearing at events across Leicester and Leicestershire to promote our work to people from local communities.

We’ve already been to the Western Park Family Festival, where we had a chance to talk to members of the public about the project, and made some connections which will hopefully bring some more referrals into the project in the future.

Over the coming months we will be appearing at:

  • 28 July – Braunstone Town Summer Fete
  • 4 August – Leicester Caribbean Carnival
  • 19 August – Leicester Mela
  • 19 August – Loughborough Mela

We will also be appearing at other events and will update you when we’ve confirmed where we’ll be.
Our stalls will have activities for kids, and we’ll have members of the GREAT team on hand to talk about the project and how people can get involved with us.

Come along and see us!


Learn to grow and manage a garden with Enstruct

Learn skills like carpentry with GREAT and Enstruct

For one week this summer, Enstruct will be running a programme to help GREAT participants to improve their gardening skills and even learn a little bit about carpentry.

Horticulture (growing and managing gardens) is a useful skill to help you to grow your own food, improve your health and manage your own garden. Horticultural activities can be fun for the whole family and are also safe and healthy.

What the programme involves

The programme will take place over five days, the first three of which will involve activities like:

  • Digging and preparing the land
  • Coppicing (cutting back trees and shrubs)
  • Growing simple crops from seed, cultivating and harvesting
  • Growing unusual and harder to cultivate crops within polytunnels (plastic tunnels like greenhouses which allow indoor growing)
  • Pruning fruit trees/shrubs
  • ‘Plot to pot’ eating and cooking
  • Composting
  • Habitat and biodiversity awareness

The last two days will involve an introduction to carpentry, including:

  • Understanding of basic terminology
  • Tool use and, maintenance
  • Basic cuts and joints
  • Design and build a planter to take home and use to grow food

When and where

The programme will run on the week beginning 20 August 2018.

The first three days will be at Enstruct’s two acre garden behind Fullhurst Community College, Imperial Avenue, Leicester, LE3 1AH.

The last two days will be at Enstruct’s construction workshop at Faircharm Industrial Estate, Evelyn Drive, Leicester, LE3 2BU.

How to get involved

If you’re a current GREAT Project participant and you think you’d like to be involved in this unique opportunity to learn some new skills, just let your Employment Support Officer (ESO) know as soon as possible.

If you’d like to join the project, or if you are an organisation who works with people who you think would benefit from activities like this, you can check the project critera and contact us to find out more.