Provident Good Neighbour Community Programme

Our HR team braved the wet weather last week to take part in a team challenge at PRISM City Farm.

HR good neighbour prism
PRISM City Farm is a community, environmental and educational project which offers young people aged 12-21 the opportunity to manage the day-to-day running of an inner city farm.

The young people are engaged in looking after the animals and their welfare, whilst ensuring the land is maintained and developed. There are many opportunities such as dry stone walling, crop/plant growth and poly-tunnels. All work is accredited with Open College Network, OCR , NVQs and Youth Train.

The farm has an excellent history of engaging socially excluded young people. They offer guidance and support which empowers the young people to move into mainstream educational, employment and training opportunities. They offer a holistic experience which considers every young person as a unique individual with unique needs and unique potential.

The HR team helped to treat and paint the timber and animal houses, clear weeds and plant seeds. Other activities included building fencing and steps. This is the second challenge our teams have taken part in at PRISM.

Team challenges

Community- based team challenges are a fantastic way of helping the communities in which we operate whilst at the same time offering opportunities for personal and team development.

A team challenge involves a group of employees who respond to a need in the community by getting involved in a specific project on behalf of the company. Challenges are usually undertaken at a community organisation or school and take place during working hours, over a period of one or two days. They involve straightforward ‘hands on’ practical tasks such as revamping a garden or repainting a community centre hall.

In the two team challenges at PRISM this year, over 70 volunteers took part in activities such as:

  • Building an 18ft long poly tunnel
  • Propagating new plants
  • Tidying up the orchard area and bringing it back to the soil.
  • Fixing a wall to the outdoor classroom area.
  • Treating and painting the timber and animal houses, clear weeds and plant seeds
  • Other activities included building fencing and steps