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Grass Routes (16-19)

The Grass Routes programme runs from April to September every year and aims to provide personal development for young people to help them prepare to move on to work, education or training.

Participants work towards achieving the accredited and industry recognised Certificate in Practical Horticulture, Emergency First Aid as well as taking part in a team building residential stay, a community project and tasters in hard landscaping.

The programme is practical in nature and includes varying degrees of physical activity.

This is a long term support option where young people, where required or requested, are offered the opportunity to progress to the Prospects Programme following completion of the Core Programme where they undertake youth work and hard landscaping training. This is followed by a period of supported volunteering in their local community.


Referrals are taken in March/April every year for Core Programmes that run from Larkhall and Whitehill in Hamilton. There are 20 places available each year on this programme. Young people must be aged 16 by the end of the Core Programme (end September) to qualify for a place.

Target groups

16-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training, have been involved in the criminal justice system, are leaving care, or have been identified as having additional support needs.

Who do I contact to find out more?

Pamela Smith / Chris Walsh
Phone: 01698 552125/01698 552120