Family Support Team

Growing Up Service

Barnardo's Employment Skills in Horticulture Service

A Partnership between Barnardo's Scotland and the Big Lottery - Life Transitions Fund

Growing Up aims to provide students with employment skills in horticulture, which it is hoped will lead in future to employment, work experience, further training opportunities, voluntary work possibilities and the development of gardening as a hobby.

The Growing Up service has been funded by the Big Lottery for 5 years and during that time we aim to reach up to 65 young people with learning disabilities, in the age range 18-25 years.  Each young person taking part joins us for 12 months and attends the service up to 2 days per week.  During that time they are supported by a combination of staff and volunteers to maximise their learning.

Growing Up was set up in 1 June, with the first intake of 8 students (young people with learning disabilities) in August 2012.

For further details on our Growing Up service, please read:

Growing Up Service Information Leaflet (PDF)


Volunteers have a crucial role to play in providing one to one support to young people taking part in the programme.  Volunteers come in all ages and shapes and sizes.  If you have some hours to spare on a regular basis, please get in touch; we'd be delighted to hear from you.  Sixteen is the minimum age for a GU volunteer and while we would be delighted to hear from interested young people, we are equally keen to involve older, retired people, who have a passion for gardening, some time to spare and who enjoy the company of young people.  A daily lunch allowance is available for volunteers and we also reimburse travel expenses.

For more information please see our:

Growing Up Service Volunteer Information Pack (PDF)


Please do contact us if you know of a young person who may benefit from Growing Up, or alternatively fill in and return the Referral Form below.  We would be very pleased to hear from you.

Growing Up Referral Form (PDF)


'I have come on leaps and bounds since coming here.'

'I enjoy digging and feeling part of the community.'

'I love doing challenges and being out in the community.'

'I feel great about coming here.'

'Being part of Growing Up will help my future career prospects and is good for my CV.'