First Class Graduates from the 'Growing Together at Work' Project
For the past nine months Ramat Hanadiv, in conjunction with the Israel Employment Centre and the Ministry of Health, has been running 'Growing Together at Work', a training project for those with mental health disabilities which will prepare them for work on the open job market. This is one of several horticultural therapy projects operating on a regular basis at Ramat Hanadiv.
'Growing Together' combines work training along with elementary gardening education. Participants learn the skills they'll need for basic horticultural work as well as proper behaviour in the workplace, time management, and employee-employer relations (taught by the Israel Employment Centre).
The participants, who live in hostels in the Ramat Hanadiv area, report for work on a daily basis, from early morning till midday. They tend the Memorial Gardens, acquire gardening knowledge, and deal with a range of horticultural tasks.
Last Monday, 30 December 2014, the first 'Growing Together' group completed the project at a graduation ceremony. There were speeches by Hugo Jan Trago, Director of Ramat Hanadiv, Ronen Bachur, Director of the Israel Employment Centre, and Gittit Rinot, Coordinator of the Ministry of Health's Rehabilitation Services, and the newly-minted graduates received diplomas. Following the ceremony, their family members and other guests were invited on a tour of the Memorial Gardens and the Horticultural Therapy Gardens.
Participants in the project will not be alone in the coming months as they adjust to work on the open market. The Israel Employment Centre will give them support and mentoring and ensure that they all find suitable employment, according to the demand and supply of the job market.
And now, Ramat Hanadiv is accepting applications for the next round of Growing Together at Work.
We congratulate all the graduating participants and wish them every success in the future!
Would you like to volunteer to help with the next course? Contact Tamar (Tel. 04-6298106) or Orit (Tel. 04-6298109) for more information.