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Cirencester students upgrade skills and hospital grounds

Students on Cirencester College's Upgrade programme have become regular visitors to the town's hospital to maintain and improve its outdoor areas.

Cirencester Hospital has the largest NHS grounds in Gloucestershire and contains a wide range of gardens and animal habitats.

College job coach Heather Ormerod said: "I am delighted our learners have had this opportunity to develop essential employability skills and gain an understanding of workplace expectations, whilst making a difference to their local community.

"Each week we are given an area to improve, and our tasks have ranged from clearing the edging around the car parks, to collecting fallen apples, to helping improve accessibility of the walkways.

"Taking part in community-focused activities enhances CVs and helps build skills such as team working, communication, adaptability and resilience."

The Upgrade programme is designed for people who need to upgradeGCSE grades to access a full Level 2 programme or an apprenticeship.

It also helps to prepare students for independence in learning, life and employment, giving them the understanding and confidence they will need to succeed.

The Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust has three hospital sites maintained entirely by volunteers.

Those in charge of the grounds at Cirencester have partnered with a range of organisations over the years, and welcome a wide range of volunteers of all abilities.

NHS volunteering is allowed to continue under lockdown rules and every precaution is taken to keep staff, patients and volunteers as safe as possible.

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