What we do
Growing Together was created due to the extreme need in Doncaster and the surrounding areas for high quality provision, and in particular the need for outdoor focused learning, for young people (under 16) who are currently unable to access mainstream education, or need a more tailored educational experience, and for people aged 16+ who due to disability or individual needs are currently unable to attend further education or the world of work but want access to a service which provides meaningful, recognised and valued experiences.
Our provision specialises in learning in an outdoor environment, providing qualifications in subjects such as animal care, horticulture, conservation and land based management. We also heavily focus on our ‘Hidden Curriculum’, enabling people to develop critical life skills with a focus on personal growth, emotional intelligence, leadership and team skills and transferable employability skills. We aim to ensure everyone can reach their greatest potential and develop well rounded skills to create success and opportunities for their future. We work with other local providers and schools, local businesses and conservation and community groups, getting involved in our local area to provide a wider ranging experience and more opportunities for all the young people who come to Growing Together.
Our biggest aim for the people who participate in Growing Together is that they have a life experience that offers them the chance to have a sense of belonging in a respectful and caring environment in order for them to develop their own confidence and skills for their future. We truly believe everyone deserves an opportunity to belong and to grow and this is what we can offer whilst also accessing natural outdoor environments and being able to be an integral and appreciated member of our community. We hope you will join us on our journey, Growing Together.
Our alternative provision is for young people who are unable to attend mainstream schools due to exclusion, illness, SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs) or who require an individualised and inclusive learning environment due to SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) or requiring an EHCP (Education, Health and Care plan) and are currently unable to access a suitable learning environment.