Chance to Grow

Ideal for All - Growing Opportunities


Area’s support can be offered

Sandwell   Dudley   Wolverhampton   Central   Walsall


Contact us

Marilyn Robinson


Tel: 0121 558 5555


where is it?

Salop Drive Market Garden, Oldbury B69 9AG



This will take place over a single 3 hour session per week, over 6 weeks.


Overview of Support offered

Interested in gardens? Keen to be outside and learn something new, or just experience local community projects? Growing Opportunities can offer you an exciting and interesting experience as part of our work placement programme.

Growing Opportunities supports people of all ages and abilities in the Black Country and Birmingham to get involved in gardening and producing local food. We aim to improve people’s health and well-being through structured gardening activities.

‘Chance to Grow’ offers people like you the chance to join in with our community work and experience being involved in the market garden, working alongside others that use our services, including:

  • Introduction to gardening activities – sowing seeds, planting, digging, pruning and composting.
  • Productive horticulture – looking after crops, harvesting, packing and storing as part of our food share scheme.
  • Involved in wider activities – cooking sessions, floristry, wildlife conservation, maintenance of tools, structures and general care of site.
  • Work alongside our regular garden volunteers in teams or independently on activities aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle, supporting confidence and wellbeing, independence, physical activity maintenance and rehabilitation, learning and fun.
  • Make new friends and meet people, whilst giving something back to the local community.
  • Build your confidence, get outside and motivated, gain real life experience and life skills with options to progress onto courses including our accredited qualifications.

Learn with our experienced horticultural therapists and market gardeners, meet our volunteers and gain greater understanding into projects like these. Even if you are new to gardening or are not sure where you want your future to go, come down and learn about local food production and growing in the Black Country; or just use this opportunity to gain work experience. Whether you are enthusiastic about new challenges and relish the opportunity to try new things; or not as confident and need support, then ‘Chance to Grow’ is for you.


Is this activity linked to;

Increasing confidence   Increasing motivation   Increasing Optimism   Improving employability


Where does this support fit into my journey?

Engagement   This is me   I’m up for it   I’m ready   I’m on my way


Session type

Individual   Group
Minimum No. 1   Maximum No. 4


what equipment should i bring?



Outcomes expected


  • Inspire confidence and creativity.
  • Team building.
  • Introduction to horticultural techniques and productive aspects of horticulture.
  • Gain greater understanding into food growing and local agendas.
  • Learning about food hygiene, allergies/intolerances and good practice.
  • Gain knowledge and experience on a real life market garden and kitchen setting.